It makes you wonder - what don't we know?
| Original Score: B
By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill shine a light on the fallout from America's covert anti-terrorist attacks.
| Original Score: B+
Filmmaker Richard Rowley's documentary Dirty Wars sounds the alarms, throws the lights on in the room and confronts audiences with the brutality of the conflicts in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
| Original Score: A-
These wars being fought in our name may be dirty, but this courageous film reminds us that as long as we have a free press, they don't have to be secret.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry.
Scahill is a brave, dogged reporter, and he deserves to flaunt his angst.
| Original Score: 4/5
Like a lot of modern political documentaries, we've yet to see the final chapter, which is yet to be written. But it's instructive to have a little more light shed on such history in the making.
It'll open your eyes.
The first-person style is a creative choice that may put some people off. But who better to lead a tour of the denied areas than someone who has walked its dangerous streets before?
Awkward title aside, the movie meticulously and powerfully lays bare the unexpectedly wide scope of activities that many in the current administration would surely prefer kept under wraps.
With Dirty Wars, director Rick Rowley doesn't so much sugar the pill as caffeinate it.
Ultimately, Dirty Wars doesn't feel like authentic reporting, it's more of an audition reel.
| Original Score: C
Scahill's voiceover has a grim relentlessness that ties everything together, while maintaining the pretense that the viewer is at his side as he makes his discoveries.
Something we rarely see reported in major news media.
His [Scahill] betrayal at the overall ambivalence of an entire population is what gives this movie teeth.
Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.
| Original Score: 2/4
A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling ...
There's plenty here about which to be outraged, but that's too simple for director Richard Rowley.
"Dirty Wars" becomes hard to swat away, no matter how much its style conveys a sense of unconscious insecurity about its assertions.