Death of a President Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Easily the year's most useless picture
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 2, 2009
Despite the audacious title and premise, Range doesn't aim to shock, but to unnerve
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 24, 2009
Beyond the feigned controversy stirred up by neocon zealots, "Death of a President" is nothing more than a high concept political hypothesis film that signals the futility of presidential assassination.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It is at least slick with technique -- or with a synthesis of techniques.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
September 21, 2007
Without directly confronting the behaviors and attitudes associated with its theory, the movie leaves us with uncertainty, vacillation, and worst of all, emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The talking head interviews and other elements make for an intelligent analysis of our reactions and prejudices about such a situation. A must see.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 4, 2007
...even the extras are unconvincing...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Karina Montgomery
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 29, 2007
OK, so, it's got balls and technical skills, but is it anything more than a stunt? Yes, yes it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
March 27, 2007
There is little of the fall of the Twin Towers trauma, but much of All the President's Men here. That this film's buzz has launched such vitriol and condemnation is not surprising. Range's film exposes wider audiences to some basic truths of our times.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Bush weepie takes all sides and none.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
It's hard to imagine anyone without a political agenda who can walk away from this serious, sober and impeccably respectful film and get agitated about it on its merits.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 24, 2007
As a piece of filmmaking, Death of a President is edgy and fresh, superbly realised and satisfying in its ambition to pass as a powerful documentary about an event that shook the world.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 30, 2006
It's not art, it's not a serious discussion, it's not a film based in irony or metaphor -- Death of a President is merely a marketing ploy that's big on shock value and short on ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kam Williams
EURWeb
December 29, 2006
So long as you think it's okay to depict a realistic-looking assassination of a sitting president via doctored news footage, then you're likely to enjoy this intriguing whodunit in which George Bush is blown away by one of his fed-up detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 25, 2006
"Death of a President" is generally a sobering film that not only dares to think the unthinkable, but encourages its audience, no matter what their political leans, to stop and think as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 25, 2006
The movie does highlight the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
November 6, 2006
Despite being heavy-handed and pretentious, and never providing a satisfying conclusion, Gabriel Range's fake-umentary "Death of a President" is nevertheless brilliant in its conception and execution.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2006
Accomplished and visually persuasive, but the movie's central conceit remains something of a stunt...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Stax
IGN Movies
November 2, 2006
It is indeed ironic that a film that is often so good at making one suspend their disbelief still can't generate a true emotional response in the end. Despite its shortcomings, Death of a President is an interesting and provocative work that merits
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
November 1, 2006
[The director] has expertly interwoven real and simulated footage to make a film that looks convincing, but it amounts to little more than a clever editing exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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