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Stop-Loss Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce's Iraq-war drama Stop-Loss — about a sergeant (Phillippe) who goes AWOL rather...Stop-LossDrama, WarPT111MR Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce's Iraq-war drama Stop-Loss — about a sergeant (Phillippe) who goes AWOL rather...2008-07-11Joseph Gordon-LevittParamount Pictures
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Stop-Loss

Genre: Drama, War; Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Director: Kimberly Peirce; Author: Mark Richard, Kimberly Peirce; Release Date Wide: 03/28/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 111; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s Iraq-war drama Stop-Loss — about a sergeant (Phillippe) who goes AWOL rather than report back to Iraq — is near heartbreaking. Only not, unfortunately, in a good way. Because we need bracing, wake-up-call movies about the war, and because Peirce is so well-intentioned (as a commentary and copious behind-the-scenes EXTRAS attest), it hurts all the more that Stop-Loss becomes such a button-pushing letdown. C+