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The Messenger

  R HD Closed Captioning

Oren Moverman

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Plot Summary

U.S Army officer Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) has just returned home from Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Ordered to bear the bad news to families of fallen soldiers, and partnered with officer Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), Will faces this formidable mission while still reeling from his own war experiences. Against protocol, Will is drawn to a recently fallen soldiers's wife (Samantha Morton) to whom he has just notified of her husband's death. In this emotionally charged landscape, THE MESSENGER brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and authenticity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 155
  • Fresh: 139
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: At its center lie three accomplished performances, by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, that are not to be missed. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Harrelson gives us layers of hurt under a callous yet needy crust. It may be the best performance of his career and certainly deserves Oscar consideration. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film is premised on the verbal communication of urgent information, yet its many non-verbal moments provide the greatest strength and clarity. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The bombshell is the news of a soldier's death and the delivery of that message is the heart of this unsentimental, yet deeply moving, story. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


A very emotional movie but its very good. It has its comedy,overall very goodd movie

Watch The First Half

The first half of the movie was really good, heartfelt and emotionally charged. Then it fizzles out into nothing.

For 99 cents, it was a good deal.

Great Acting

Great acting by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton. My only criticism is for the writers--less is more when speaking of the love story.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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