Why We Fight Reviews

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 30, 2006
The fact is, Jon Stewart on The Daily Show uncovers this same hypocrisy every night, and does it in two minutes with irony and humor, while Why We Fight attempts it with outrage and scolding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 26, 2006
Does a good job in stating its case in a detailed and sober manner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 22, 2006
Yet another well-intentioned documentary that will preach to the choir but no one else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 18, 2006
Wisely eschewing any pretense of journalistic objectivity, Jarecki has fashioned a canny indictment of the current administration's military adventures, limning an alternate history of the rise of the American empire over the past 60 or so years.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 18, 2006
... canny and somewhat overwhelming documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 17, 2006
There isn't a lot that's new in Why We Fight. Nor is it likely the anti-war film will preach to anyone but the converted. Nonetheless, it offers bits of intriguing history, and it urges us, perhaps, to reassess the stature of Eisenhower.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 17, 2006
unlike [in Fahrenheit 9/11, Why We Fight lets its subjects do the talking; there's no constant narrative presence like in Moore's film. And as a result, it's considerably more persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 17, 2006
Fahrenheit 9/11 for tweedy liberals who disdain Michael Moore's in-your-face persona.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 17, 2006
An unflattering look at America's military-industrial complex.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 16, 2006
Even if you don't agree with his analysis or conclusions, it's hard to see the cumulative weight of his [director Jarecki's] evidence as anything but prescient.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 15, 2006
Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight takes on enough subjects to make five great documentaries, but as a result is so scattered that it doesn't quite make for one good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 13, 2006
It's hard to imagine a politician today addressing the public in Eisenhower's un-condescending, non-simplistic and honest terms.
| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 10, 2006
Much of the information here is old news, and Jarecki's cursory collage style doesn't help his cause. But this is a case of compelling evidence overwhelming the drawbacks of form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 10, 2006
[Director Eugene] Jarecki says he was trying to connect our military past with the present. He doesn't do this as well as one might hope, but he certainly offers a fascinating treatise on current events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 9, 2006
[Reduces] to zero the chances that any impartial observer will be genuinely swayed by this cinematic position paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 1, 2006
A stirring anti-war doc...deciphering fifty years of military misadventure.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 27, 2006
...puts together a persuasive case that the U.S. government is driven in large part by the needs of the "military-industrial complex"
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2006
It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 24, 2006
Taken as a whole, Why We Fight is the work of someone who started with a conclusion and made sure he got there.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 24, 2006
More leftist propaganda masquerading as documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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