Control Room Reviews

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Joshua Tanzer
May 25, 2004
[The filmmaker got] home with a bunch of marginal scenes and only the sketchiest chance of editing them into a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Noujaim's viewers will learn little new about the inner workings of Al Jazeera, its philosophy, or its influence on its 40 million viewers.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Given that most Americans know the network only by reputation, or via Donald Rumsfeld's public denunciations of it, a little more objective information would not have gone amiss.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 15, 2004
Biased and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2004
The optimistic viewer will see in all this blunt and messy contrariness the emergence of the first free press in the Arab world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
Movies don't reveal the truth, but good ones like this can provide an intimate and nuanced glimpse at some alternative reality.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
August 10, 2004
Lieutenant Josh Rushing emerges as a voice of reason, a moral arbiter between al-Jazeera and Fox News.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2004
An enlightening documentary about how the U.S. networks and the Arab satellite news channel Al Jazeera covered the early days of the war in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 11, 2004
A must-see movie.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 25, 2004
Americans watch CNN. The Arab world watches Al-Jazeera. This movie watches both and helps us understand how no attempt or pretense of objectivity can ever escape bias.
| Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Fascinating documentary for mature older teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
June 10, 2004
Riveting documentary about Al-Jazeera has a simple, sturdy structure, a critical eye and a plain-spoken style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 14, 2004
... a raw, unblinking examination of how the first draft of history is revised by those who filter it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 10, 2004
Whatever your beliefs about the war in Iraq, there's something here to make you question them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
August 7, 2004
Takes us behind the scenes at the much-maligned -- but much-watched -- Al-Jazeera before and during the war, and the result is fascinating and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 21, 2007
Is simply up to what all journalists should be about in the face of a corporatized, monolithic media - ruffling feathers. This advisory couldn't have come sooner.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 11, 2004
Offers us a fierce yet often surprisingly friendly debate about the clashing ways in which the U.S. invasion and takeover of Iraq have been portrayed by American and Arab journalists, placing matters in context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 29, 2004
Noujaim has done better than most of us at being in the right places at the right times to catch the imperial machinery in its most vulnerable, damning moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
"Control Room" acknowledges wartime journalism sits between objectivity and propaganda, indifference and passion. Neutrality doesn't exist; to avoid gore is a stance. In a way, it's TV's true reality - the impossibility of objective footage of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Ronnie Scheib
March 27, 2009
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
June 26, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Bill Stamets
Senses of Cinema
November 1, 2004

Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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