Donald Lee
Owen Gleiberman
September 07, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Tillman Story

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/20/10
performer
Josh Brolin
director
Amir Bar-Lev
distributor
The Weinstein Company
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

Why make a documentary about a subject as well-covered by the media as Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals star who put his football career on hold to join the U.S. Army Rangers? Because after Tillman was killed (by friendly fire) in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, the way his tragic death was lied about, by both the Bush administration and the military, became a study in the evils of American political image manipulation. Amir Bar-Lev’s morally incisive The Tillman Story unravels the deceptions — and the deep dishonor — that inflated life-size valor into fake superheroism. B+

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