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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Iraq Embed on “The Hurt Locker” and Its Flaws

    By kyle | March 2, 2010

    Jonathan Foreman, my predecessor as a film critic for The Post, was embedded with the allied invasion force in Iraq in 2003 and 2005. He brings up some of the things I brought up in my original review of “The Hurt Locker,” such as the unlikeliness that a couple of enlisted men would sneak off-base and go roaming through Baghdad neighborhoods on their own initiative. By the way, I note that my review touched off a hotheaded little debate among commenters on Rotten Tomatoes. (I spend almost zero time looking up what people have said about me on the Internets, not because I have no vanity but because I have no time, what with all the movies I see and review and all the columns and book reviews I write. I’ve seen six movies since Monday at 10 a.m. and I’m about to watch another.) Thanks for defending me, Kit Ramsey.

    Topics: Iraq, Movies, Politics | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Iraq Embed on “The Hurt Locker” and Its Flaws”

    1. kishke Says:
      March 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am

      hotheaded little debate

      More boneheaded than hotheaded.

    2. Brian Moore Says:
      March 3rd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Jesus – even by the internet’s dwarfish metric, that “debate” was particularly imbecilic. “IT’S A REVIEW NOT AN OPINION.”