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Redacted Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

… will leave you completely freaked out. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    52

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The Americans are portrayed with varying degrees of loathsomeness, but there's not much variety in the film. It's all an awful aberration.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For all of De Palma's studious multimedia trickery -- a valid, even inspired idea -- Redacted is so naive it's an embarrassment.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The result of the film is shocking, saddening and frustrating.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Disturbing, fact-based story of rape and murder.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature Iraq war drama definitely isn't for kids. Based on a true story, it deals with violent acts like rape and murder (including the shooting of a pregnant woman) and shows U.S. soldiers' boredom, fear, and tensions. The closing images of real Iraqi civilian corpses and mourners are especially difficult. Weapons include guns, grenades, and IEDs; other scenes show drinking, the effects of drugs, and cigarette smoking. Not surprisingly given the war-zone setting, language is strong and constant, with more than 100 uses of "f--k" and lots of racist and misogynist slurs.

  • Families can talk about how the movie uses different types of imagery to suggest the chaos of the war zone. How effective is this strategy? What are the different types of media used? Do some have more impact than others? Why? Families can also discuss what the film is saying about U.S. troops and their training. Are there any heroes in this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: U.S. troops are angry, frustrated, and fearful; several are overtly racist and misogynist. A group of four soldiers rapes a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. She and her family are murdered; the primary villains never show remorse.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Ongoing and upsetting violence throughout. A rape is central to the story. Several scenes show shooting and bombs exploding. Images of guns, tanks, and shoulder-mounted grenades. U.S. soldiers man a checkpoint where they shoot up a car that's transporting a pregnant woman to the hospital (some blood). Hospital scene shows blood and chaos. A sergeant is killed by a bomb (his bloody, detached leg flies into the frame and lands on the ground). A woman describes the rapists' brutal possible deaths.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Frequent conversations about sexual desire and activity (includes use of words like "p---y" and "boned"). Porn magazines visible in the troops' base camp. Rape scene shows some thrusting and gestures toward the camera -- no nudity, but explicit action. Uncomplimentary discussion of a dead woman's pregnancy.

  • language false5

    Language: Very frequent swearing, including 100+ uses of "f--k" and multiple uses of "hell," "s--t," "damn," "ass" (some with "hole"), and "bitch." Derogatory words like "ragheads" and "hajji" are also used.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Soldiers appear drunk and high and smoke cigarettes frequently.

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