War, Inc. Reviews

  • An overbearing lampoon of American war profiteering -- a comedy so leaden it could make a liberal hate liberal Hollywood.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The problem with gonzo moviemaking, in this case, is that nothing really adds up. What initially appears whimsical eventually seems sloppy. And when the bleeding heart kicks in, you feel betrayed.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Though it occasionally tries too hard, the fast-paced and sharply written War, Inc. is audacious and entertaining.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • War, Inc. fires off dozens of lethal dialogue squibs like 'War is the improvement of investments using other means,' but it doesn't connect them into anything that can truly rattle an audience's complacency.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • War, Inc. squanders some top-tier talent (Marisa Tomei, Sir Ben Kingsley) as well as our patience.

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • War, Inc., which takes on the shifty world of Bush-policy blowback, has too much happening, which befits a comedy with a lot of targets but ultimately makes the whole operation scattershot.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone.

    Joe Leydon — Houston Chronicle

  • A brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at political satire.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • War, Inc. has that provocateur's edge, and it's at least awake to the world around us.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like so many satires in the Strangelove mold, this never comes close to working as a story, but its lampoon of U.S. imperialism and military privatization is so bracingly obnoxious I didn't really care.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Only occasionally hits the target.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • War, Inc. was non-directed by Joshua Seftel, who is to film direction what Marvel Comics is to classical literature. It was filmed in Bulgaria -- and they should never have allowed it out of the country.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A blackly comic take on the first totally outsourced war? We're too close to being in one right now, which makes this John Cusack vehicle too close for comfort. It's also so close to being funny you can just about taste it -- just about.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • I love John Cusack, but I can't imagine what he was thinking as the star, producer and co-writer of the mind-boggling Iraq satire War, Inc.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • It all adds up to a fast pace, lots of shooting, and a movie that, in its heart, is as corrupt as the politics it attempts to satirize.

    Philip Marchand — Toronto Star

  • If Harold & Kumar feels deliberately dumbed down, War, Inc. tries too desperately to show off its intelligence.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • This well-intentioned satire is a regrettable misfire.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • Somehow, what starts as a series of cheap shots in a barrel develops into something more, thanks largely to warm, engaging performances by Cusack and Tomei. War, Inc. is both right-on and somehow off, but it gets points for trying.

    Carina Chocano — Los Angeles Times

  • (War, Inc. movie review at Shared Darkness)

    Brent Simon — Shared Darkness

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