Dirty Wars Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 7, 2013
The film will undoubtedly play well with those who already despise the covert killings, but it does a disservice to the wavering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
June 28, 2013
My biggest problem with this movie is the choice to make Scahill the star of the show instead of the basic, disturbing facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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June 6, 2013
Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights - and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 7, 2013
For every shot of an Afghani citizen talking tearfully about the death of a loved one, there's almost always an equally long shot of Jeremy Scahill listening, Jeremy Scahill taking notes, Jeremy Scahill furrowing his brow.
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
June 13, 2013
There are so many stagey shots of Scahill poring over clues in front of his MacBook, you can't help but assume he fancies himself a real-life Lisbeth Salander.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
June 10, 2013
Just imagine if All the Presidents' Men had tried to make Woodward and Bernstein the focus instead of Watergate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 20, 2013
Ultimately, Dirty Wars doesn't feel like authentic reporting, it's more of an audition reel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 28, 2013
We should be shocked. But the camera is too busy making a hero of reporter-presenter Jeremy Scahill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 13, 2013
Scahill's so busy Being A Reporter - capital letters are definitely called for - it gets in the way of what he's reporting on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 14, 2013
Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
June 20, 2013
With Dirty Wars, director Rick Rowley doesn't so much sugar the pill as caffeinate it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
June 2, 2013
Ably leads us through its extensive investigation, faltering only when the camera lingers on Jeremy Scahill for a touch too long at the expense of his interview subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
June 27, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
November 28, 2013
A fearless and passionately directed documentary, Dirty Wars is a gripping and thought-provoking film fuelling the heated debate about the ethics of the US government and military.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 5, 2015
Dirty Wars is frightening and it's not over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
... though I have certain qualms about the way Scahill is presented in the film ... I cannot imagine that a more compelling film could have been made without his character carrying this dramatic payload.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 27, 2013
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill shine a light on the fallout from America's covert anti-terrorist attacks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 14, 2013
Something we rarely see reported in major news media.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 4, 2013
[C]onnects how the celebrated successes and piecemeal scandals about the global war on terror fit into an alarming U.S. military policy. . [but] gets confusingly repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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