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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is a thriller, not a documentary. It's my belief that the nature of the neocon evildoing has by now become pretty clear. Others will disagree. The bottom line is: This is one hell of a thriller.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For a while Green Zone generates genuine excitement, as well as plenty of provocation--a fatuous surrogate for Ahmed Chalabi, a pervasive scorn for American planning--but then goes off its own reservation into a won't-fly zone of awkward preachments and hapless absurdities.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    With Green Zone, though, the malaise has finally hit me. So while Damon's Miller uncovers the (inconvenient) truth of why the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, all I want to know is: How does he suggest we get out?

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Zone feels anticlimactic now. It also pales in comparison to Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," the most powerful film yet made about the Iraq war.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Christopher Rouse's rapid-fire editing nervously stitches the stunts, chases, fights and confrontations together. It's a remarkable film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Gripping combat thriller with anti-war edge for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this suspenseful war thriller is brimming with tense scenes and battle sequences, all of which include gunfire. Characters are almost always armed, mostly with automatic firearms though sometimes with knives, and skirmishes exact brutal, bloody casualties (bombs detonate; soldiers hemorrhage after being shot). Language is often coarse, including multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t."

  • Families can talk about the premise of the movie: How is it possible that a decision as important as whether a country should go to war hinges on false information? What happens afterward when the truth eventually is revealed? How does it affect the citizens of that country?
  • What is the film saying about war? About the men and women who are sent to war zones? Is it believable that someone like Miller would go rogue? How did all the violence affect you?
  • Does this movie make you reflect on real-life events that inspired it? Your thoughts?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most people aren’t trustworthy, even the highest levels of government, the film posits. But a questioning few are willing to put themselves on the line to uncover the deception. The decisions that went into going to war in Iraq are firmly questioned.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Very few exhibit the courage that Miller does, which, though admirable in its reach for the truth, is woefully unrealistic and arrogant as a premise.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Plenty of carnage from battles involving knives, machine guns, and explosions. We see corpses sitting in pools of blood. Soldiers manhandle prisoners.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false4

    Language: Everything from “s--t” to “sonofabitch” to “f--k.” Also, several uses of "Jesus," "Goddamn," and "Christ" as exclamations.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Media outlets like CNN and the Wall Street Journal are name-checked.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue