"Showing a distinct egalitarian vision, the film has a fluid, supple, and urgent style rooted in the noneditorializing 'direct cinema' approach developed by the NFB's Unit B filmmakers and at the CBC. Beryl Fox here involves the viewer intimately with her subjects by the most direct of means: faces continually occupy the screen, distinguishing each of the morale-deficient Americans, the resilient farmers and villagers, the captured and brutalized Viet Cong, and South Vietnam's own highly capable military force. Fox achieves a profoundly, persuasively humanist record of dangers, privations, and carnage while showing with clarity the war's ideological and tactical muddle."
-- Ian Elliot
Rist, Peter Harry, ed. Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001. (p. 149)