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War, Inc. 2008

Critics score:
30 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: War, Inc. has that provocateur's edge, and it's at least awake to the world around us. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: A sprawling folly, this uniquely hellish war film has almost breathtakingly impressive (and busy) production values and is anchored by a memorably complicated performance from John Cusack. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: The overall experience is manic, juvenile, and hit-or-miss, as if the auteurs behind Epic Movie were trying to remake Wag The Dog. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle: Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It's a bewildering mix of very smart and very dumb, but the cast is tiptop. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: An overbearing lampoon of American war profiteering -- a comedy so leaden it could make a liberal hate liberal Hollywood. Read more

Aaron Hillis, L.A. Weekly: Challenges the corrupt military-industrial complex and privatization with such an embarrassingly generic, dated, fish-in-a-barrel aplomb that it's no wonder David Mamet denounced his former life as a "brain-dead liberal." Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: This John Cusack-driven exercise in scorched-earth political comedy is neither as dark nor as timely as intended, and certainly not as funny. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: 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. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at political satire. Read more

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle: Like the smart weapon technology it mocks, War, Inc. aims at the right targets but misfires so severely that even the clever details get obliterated in the resulting mess. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Only occasionally hits the target. Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: If Harold & Kumar feels deliberately dumbed down, War, Inc. tries too desperately to show off its intelligence. Read more

Philip Marchand, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Though it occasionally tries too hard, the fast-paced and sharply written War, Inc. is audacious and entertaining. Read more

John Anderson, Variety: 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. Read more

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice: War, Inc. squanders some top-tier talent (Marisa Tomei, Sir Ben Kingsley) as well as our patience. Read more