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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

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83

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 229
Fresh: 191 | Rotten: 38

Extremely one-sided in its indictment of the Bush administration, but worth watching for the humor and the debates it'll stir.

83

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 8

Extremely one-sided in its indictment of the Bush administration, but worth watching for the humor and the debates it'll stir.

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An expose which reflects upon what has happened to America since the events of September 11, 2001 that touches upon the personal relationship between President George W. Bush and the family of terrorist Osama bin Laden. As well, the chronicle focuses on the powerful roles that oil and greed may have played in the terrorist attack on the U.S.A.

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Documentary, Special Interest

Michael Moore

Oct 5, 2004

$119.1M

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All Critics (238) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (191) | Rotten (38) | DVD (27)

This is the most comprehensive diatribe ever filmed against Bush and his cronies (even though, by necessity, it is focused primarily on Iraq).

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is Moore's most powerful movie -- the largest in scope, the most resourceful and skillful in means -- and the best things in it have little to do with his usual ideological take on American power and George Bush.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
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Sometimes slipshod in its making and juvenile in its travesty, and of course it has no interest in overall fairness to Bush. But it vents an anger about this presidency that, as the film's ardent reception shows, seethes in very many of us.

July 11, 2004
The New Republic
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Little of this information is new, but Moore packages what's already known about George W. Bush and his presidency into a piece of rhetoric so persuasive that the Bush reelection campaign could spend the next five months trying to refute it.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An enormous film, an angry film, a flawed film and often a very, very funny film.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Potent and infuriating.

June 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
Entertainment Weekly
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Much more than a scathing indictment of Dubya-era complicity, Michael Moore's exposé lays bare the devastating heartbreak now central to America's wartime reality.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Controversial documentary best for older teens.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Michael Moore's fierce and funny Fahrenheit 9/11 is not so much a documentary as a mythology, reducing geopolitical complexities to a neat, tawdry narrative.

June 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

People say Moore is Un-American for creating a documentary against the president, well, it's Un-American not to explore other's views.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Populist documentarian Michael Moore raises crucial questions about the ersatz presidency of George Bush in an air of simplicity and honest curiosity.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Isn't quite the bullseye Moore's supporters are hoping for and Bush's supporters are dreading.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

If all the world is truly a stage, then leftie bad boy Michael Moore is chief scavenger of the behind-the-scenes skeletons in the storage closet.

May 24, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

The problem with Fahrenheit 9/11 is not that it is one-sided, per se; it is that Moore barely acknowledges there even is another side.

September 28, 2006 | Comments (4)
Christianity Today

Fahrenheit is, by turns, entertaining, incisive, infuriating, heartbreaking and (this being Moore) slickly populist

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

I want to hug Michael Moore. Then slap him.

July 2, 2006
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Michael Moore proves in his scathing yet facile anti-Bush documentary that more than a good filmmaker he is first and foremost indefatigably populist comedian for whom timing is everything.

June 25, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Moore's best and most mature effort to date.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Fair and balanced, as Fox News might say, this is not.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (3)
Lessons of Darkness

Moore's film doesn't set out to convert the hardcore faithful. It sets out to convert the concerned, the independent and the open.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

For me this film lost most of its relevance on November 3rd 2004.

February 14, 2005 Full Review

It's a shame [Moore] must use so much sarcasm, mean-spirited mockery, and media manipulation to make his argument, because his ideas deserve serious consideration.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

It's a passionate, powerful film that challenges the beliefs of both Democrats and Republicans. The film will keep its relevance in years to come.

October 18, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 may be taken either as screed or scripture, depending on your own political persuasions. Moore's strength is that, either way, you can't ignore it.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Ranks, as a work of cinema, with the best of Santiago Alvarez and Esfir Shub.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Moore es un norteamericano inquieto que hace preguntas incómodas (Fahrenheit 9/11 es un documental que ofrece más preguntas que respuestas)

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Fahrenheit 9/11

The United States Of America is surely one of the most frustrating and downright baffling societies in the world. An inept dimwit gains power through the nepotism of his fat cat cronies, perverts the democratic process and steals a PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. He then uses a cowardly and barbaric attack on his country to provoke a climate of fear over his OWN VOTERS so he can take away their civil liberties and bomb two countries whose populations had NOTHING to do with it into the stone age in order to profit from the reconstruction after the devastation HE caused. Not to mention the fact that many of the soldiers dying half a world away are the very disenfranchised poor who had their votes stolen from them. And what do the American people (with the exception of a few egg throwers on inauguration day) do? Nothing. Nada. Zip. And yet when an intelligent, forward thinking president is FINALLY elected a society, so brainwashed by its capitalist overlords that they believe any attempt at beneficial social reform is anti-American or even dangerous, is up in arms at the idea of a free healthcare system FOR THEMSELVES!! In any other country, Michael Moore would be considered a champion and hero. In a place as screwed up as "the land of the free" however, he didn't stand a chance...
October 16, 2012
garyX
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Super Reviewer

A documentary movie shouldn't usually be completely biased and one-sided like this, but Michael Moore has obviously done his homework and researched the subject matter deep enough and with enough attention to detail to make up for it's narrow mindedness. Or is it really? I never knew a documentary about one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in history and politics in general, could be unboring, informant, funny, and entertaining at the same time. That was until I saw Fahrenheit 9/11. It's a real eye opener and a funny one too.
February 7, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Fahrenheit 9/11 is the best documentary that Michael Moore has made. The film takes a look at the Government's handling of September 11, 2001 and the aftermath. Say what you want about Michael Moore, and believe me, I sometimes don't agree with him on everything he says but his points in this film are very hard to ignore. This film brings to light some important issues and shows how inept the Bush administration was in dealing with 9/11. Fahrenheit 9/11 also deals with the Iraq War, a war that was very controversial The only real flaw the film possesses is the fact that it doesn't different points of view, it only shows Moore's point of view. Despite this, Fahrenheit 9/11 succeeds at being a very watchable film, one that will make the viewer ask questions and sometimes question certain decisions of their government. Despite the flaws, this is one good documentary, near perfect, but only biased towards Moore's opinion. However, this is a solid, well crafted documentary that showcases Michael Moore at his peak. Despite your opinion on Michael Moore or the decisions that Bush has made during his presidency, you can't deny that this film will spark debate, and make you aware of surprising facts. A flawed, but almost perfect documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 is an intelligent, smartly crafted film that is simply put Michael Moore's best film.
January 17, 2012
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

An over-hyped controversial documentary which reveals some startling facts, but fails to impress on the whole. It's effective in parts; but the sum of its parts isn't effective enough. But the movie has left its impression in another way. If someone in my country starts making such a movie about some high-profile minister, let alone the President, he'll be finished before his movie. And even if someone manages to complete it, its chances of getting released are almost negligible. Such kind of film-makers won't be around for long in our country. They simply cannot afford to dare and wander fearlessly, taking statements, opinions, etc. like Michael Moore; they'd always have a sword hanging over their heads, which is bound to fall sooner than later if the person doesn't shut the fuck up. Americans are lucky to have such kind of freedom for its media.
February 26, 2011
imrealgod

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