Fahrenheit 9/11 Reviews

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James Berardinelli
June 22, 2004
It's not compelling; in fact, there are times when it's not especially interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 21, 2004
Supporters of Bush will condemn it while his detractors will cheer, but it's unlikely to change anyone's mind about who they will vote for this November.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2004
Even if one agrees with all of Moore's arguments, the film reduces decades of American foreign policy failures to a black-and-white cartoon that lays the blame on one family.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Fair and balanced, as Fox News might say, this is not.
Jeff Otto
June 24, 2004
Michael Moore's new documentary is more ranting and raving than effective filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
May 17, 2004
The sporadically effective docu trades far more in emotional appeals than in systematically building an evidence-filled case against the president and his circle.
Danny Minton
Beaumont Journal
June 28, 2004
The left will stay left, the right will stay right and the folks on the fence will still be rational rather than blindly following this capped crusader.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
June 24, 2004
Moore opens with a blitz of such cheeky sarcasm that he may well alienate and discredit himself with the very undecided and right-leaning voters he means to convert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 27, 2004
Moore would,...have us believe that Baghdad under Hussein was a utopia of children in playgrounds and happy, smiling people everywhere before the U.S. moved in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
August 10, 2004
If you are in line with Michael Moore's politics, you're gonna love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2004
A lot of hot air.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 24, 2004
A film so sloppy, illogical and formulaic that it begs the questions: Can a hatchet job actually elicit sympathy for its sitting-duck target?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 24, 2004
Instead of the incendiary expose we were promised, Fahrenheit 9/11 is more like a Bic lighter that has been fired up at one too many rock concerts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 25, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 can be funny, moving and shocking, but it's also manipulative and not above the occasional cheap shot.
| Original Score: C+
June 25, 2004
It riled me up, but not at the content - at the way Moore chose to send his message. I've seen enough heavy-handed manipulation, thank you very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
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.
| Original Score: C
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 22, 2004
Childishly simplistic... it runs in circles willy-nilly, throwing in the occasional cheap shot while breathlessly telling us stuff we already knew.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
February 14, 2005
For me this film lost most of its relevance on November 3rd 2004.
| Original Score: 5/10
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 28, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Rentschler
January 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tony McKibbin
Senses of Cinema
November 1, 2004
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Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 3, 2004
Peter Bradshaw
May 22, 2004
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The Nation
March 3, 2005

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Boston Phoenix
July 3, 2004
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July 3, 2004
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January 26, 2006

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