...digs its heels into the cracked earth good and deep as if it was a communiqué from an embedded reporter in the field.
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
Unsubtle but gripping...
—Nathan Rabin Onion AV Club
... leaves us with a final celestial call for peace that feels all too hopeful, as well as especially out of place coming from a filmmaker more experienced in confrontation than reconciliation.
—Anthony Kaufman Village Voice
...didactic, awkwardly acted by the cast of former Marines who are meant to lend the film credibility, and clumsily inflammatory.
—Ken Fox TV Guide
...the film's trite last shot (a back-lit, faux-transcendental fantasy of intercultural union) implies the director had softer Spielberg movies in mind.
—Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine