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The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Morris has learned a lot over the years about how to tell a story while gradually unveiling a personality. But I wish I had a better notion of what story he's trying to tell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2004
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Awash in artsy-farsty tinsel, The Fog Of War is full of shiny surfaces and missed opportunities. It's the cinematic equivalent of a Sharper Image catalog.

February 11, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Morris seems to go deep. But does he? The film is Morris's but the message McNamara's... The film is effective emotionally -- sometimes unbearably so. Intellectually...?

| Original Score: 2.5/5

July 9, 2004
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

February 18, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

McNamara makes a very human monster, a flawed man who regrets that "in order to do good you have to be willing to do evil."

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

January 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The effect of The Fog of War is to impress upon us the frailty and uncertainty of our leaders.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 23, 2004
James Berardinelli
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By asking the right questions and guiding the interview into compelling territory, Morris has produced one of 2003's most memorable documentaries.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 19, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A provocative case study in power and the powerful.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: A

July 27, 2004
Larry Carroll

Truly remarkable - a history lesson, a mea culpa and one last chance to discuss a pivotal era with someone who was actually there.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

December 29, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A fascinating ride through U.S. war history's choppy waters.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 13, 2004
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

A fascinating look at a proud, stern, media-savvy giant of a man not so much interested in atoning for past sins as lecturing us about the inherent flaws of human nature.

| Original Score: B+

March 8, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This understandably ambivalent portrait of McNamara challenges conventional wisdom about the man and his place in history.

December 19, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Thumbs way up for this film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 22, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Morris' smart, argumentative film is deceptively simple.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 5, 2004
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A fascinating look into the mind of one of 20th century America's most controversial military figures

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 3, 2005
Eric D. Snider

What McNamara says may not shake me to my very soul, but it's assembled as sharply and savvily as a documentary-viewer could want.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

February 28, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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For those of my generation, the true resonance in the film may be in the constant juxtaposition between the then and the now of the McNamara life.

March 16, 2004
Todd McCarthy
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Compelling, thoughtful and entirely involving.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 23, 2003
Cole Smithey

This is the most culturally significant documentary imaginable and should be mandatory for repeated viewing by all public officials the world over.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 14, 2004

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March 1, 2004

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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