Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Reviews

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Bill Gibron
PopMatters
July 18, 2010
Daniel Ellsberg was the first insider to take his concerns outside. The results changed the course of the conversation, and a country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 4, 2010
But because "Dangerous Man" sees the era through Ellsberg's eyes, and we hear the disgust in his voice as he describes his younger, gung-ho self, the film becomes a fascinating and clear-eyed self-portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 2, 2010
Stop me if you've heard this one, but sometimes politicians get us into wars that last forever and go nowhere under false pretenses.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 30, 2010
Much research went into compiling the archival black and white news footage and photos along with audio from the Nixon White House tapes. This compelling film takes a cloak-and-dagger approach and is full of landmark historical events
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 30, 2010
This is such a gripping yarn it plays more like a thriller than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 30, 2010
It's a bit surprising that a documentary with such an unwieldy title offers such a streamlined and resonant account of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 29, 2010
The makers of the Oscar-nominated documentary feature simply set up their cameras, and then just let the subject tell his own story in his own words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2010
For those who know the story, Most Dangerous Man puts it in fresh perspective. If you don't, there's probably not a better way to discover it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 22, 2010
Revealing and exciting, even for those oldsters who know perfectly well how it will turn out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 9, 2010
As a biography, it's sketchy (the impression we are left with is that Ellsberg is a near-saint). But as a personal take on a crucial chunk of American history, Dangerous is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2010
This isn't a dusty chapter of ancient history, but a fresh, exciting story. Ellsberg, who worked as a defense analyst in the government-funded Rand Corp., emerges as a complex and contradictory character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 8, 2010
One man's journey to help end a war and topple Nixon
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Forward
FILMINK (Australia)
April 7, 2010
It's a surprise that such an incredible story hasn't been told before in cinema, and the film takes full advantage of the story imbuing it with all the suspense of a thriller and raises important moral questions for the audience to consider.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 1, 2010
There's reality and depth here, but a chill, too, that the filmmaking never quite manages to melt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2010
For those who lived through the turmoil of Vietnam, and for the generations that have come since, the film is an important document in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2010
The film is also an exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 1, 2010
It's a story good enough to withstand the conventional documentary formula of archive footage and talking heads -- and maybe even good enough to withstand a few ill-advised sprinkles of hokey music, animation and re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 1, 2010
The enormity of the story juxtaposed with the notion of one man single-handedly changing history is irresistibly powerful
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2010
Ehrlich and Goldsmith carve out their own little place in the canon by focusing on the ethical journey of one man who refused to shrug off his own responsibility for the war and atoned for it with a seismic act of civil disobedience.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
March 25, 2010
The lessons of The Most Dangerous Man in America are not merely about war, they are about life and human behavior.
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