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No End in Sight (2007)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 5

Charles Ferguson's documentary provides a good summary of the decisions that led to the mess in post-war Iraq, and offers politically interested audiences something they'd been looking for: a lowdown on the decision making.


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 2

Charles Ferguson's documentary provides a good summary of the decisions that led to the mess in post-war Iraq, and offers politically interested audiences something they'd been looking for: a lowdown on the decision making.



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On March 19, 2003, forces from the United States and a handful of allied nations invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. American military leaders expected the conflict to last no more than a few months, and President George W. Bush declared that major military operations were over less than two months later. However, Iraq soon became a dangerous quagmire for American forces, and near the end of 2006, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of America's strategy


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Charles Ferguson

Oct 30, 2007


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A tidy summary of the tragic mistakes made, and the brutal arrogance displayed, by the Bush administration in its prosecution of the Iraq war.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This is a movie about the very officials who boasted 'I don't do quagmires' (then-defense secretary Rumsfeld), but who hadn't actually done the planning or simple reading of other people's plans that might have avoided that very fate.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A clear-eyed appraisal and condemnation of Bush administration war policies as seen through the eyes of people in a position to note the disastrous choices that left a country in chaos.

September 7, 2007
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No End in Sight makes one thing clear: Were it not so bloody, the war in Iraq would be destined to become a case study in the nation's business schools.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Even dedicated news junkies will gain new understanding of a campaign with no end in sight.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's no shortage of opinion, but what Ferguson is aiming for in this fascinating 102-minute dissection is a professional critique of foreign policy.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A persuasive argument that the inception of, and response to, the Iraq War perverted America's ideals and intellect. Its moderate temperament hides obvious roars: Remembering outrage is all that will keep this from again occurring unopposed.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

A thorough, level-headed examination of the Bush administration's failure to properly prepare for, and execute, the war.

August 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It doesn't matter if you're a news junkie or clueless about current events, you need to see this movie.

June 24, 2008 Full Review Source:

No End is Sight is the product of a calmly systematic desire for knowledge, and as such, does not offer solutions, only profound insight.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

By the time No End in Sight gets to a late chapter titled "Things Fall Apart," you'll believe that call could have been made a long time ago.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

a horror show guaranteed to make you mad

February 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Well-constructed and well-researched documentary which methodically lays out the groundwork for what went wrong in Iraq.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Watching the film, which is well-organized but utterly artless, one wonders who, exactly, it's trying to sway.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source:

Charles Ferguson's film may be the best, and the final word on the subject.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

For anyone who's wondering why we're still stuck in Iraq, give this quick 100-minuter a whirl and get filled in.

November 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Bleak, dry and marginally repetitive, "Sight" fails to answer with clarity why bad decisions were made.

October 21, 2007 | Comment (1)

The most important film of the year thus far and, more significantly, the most comprehensive, clear-eyed account of the Iraq debacle and the arrogance behind it that we have.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You really should see this movie, even though it will make you sick.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It's a film that only begins to take baby steps in telling what went wrong and how insane it is to stick with such a bad war policy.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a movie that will make you angry or sad. It provides no escape or transport from, but rather deeper engagement with, the regrettably real world.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ferguson consults not the administration's political opponents, but the very experts that the U.S. government selected and sent into the Baghdad fray ...

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

The movie's larger points are sobering and relevant, no matter how many times they've already been made.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for No End in Sight

Incredible documentary about the war in Iraq, No End in Sight is a brilliant picture that goes in depth about this controversial war. The film goes in depth with incredible information about the war, and it is a riveting, informative film about how this event came into motion. The motivation for the invasion of Iraq is explored, and key insiders and experts are interviewed here to give a definitive perspective on the war. The interviews are well done, and the information that each subject brings to the table sheds even more light into this war. The war in Iraq was predetermined even before the events of 9/11, and the Bush Administration tried to link Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime. The Bush doctrine came into play, and George Bush deceived the country by invading a country that had no links whatsoever to Al Qaeda or the 9/11 plot whatsoever. The whole idea of the invasion of Iraq was based on the errors committed during the first Gulf War. This is a fine film for anyone looking to know more about the Iraq War. The documentary is engaging, shocking and memorable. In terms of the subject, it definitely is a picture that will surprise you with its information. I read books on the subject, and I know how this war came to be, and this documentary only adds a lot more depth to what most of us know. Well crafted film that is a must see for anyone who are interested in the subject, No End in Sight is stunning insight into the war, and one that is necessary to understand. In terms of a documentary, No End in Sight is a standout genre film that definitely can stir up some debate and make you ask important questions.
April 3, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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If all that is said is true, then this is like some kind of twisted Orwellian nightmare. It's Animal Farm all over again as a select few individuals make the choices. Terrifying in more ways than one, the film shows the disastrous war, planned out my money grabbing idiots. It's not just the dying soldiers/Iraqi civilians that highlight the problems, but also the unemployment and destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage. The only protection is offered to the oil fields. Again, the big names refuse to take part. But there are some balanced arguments, which sometimes fall into "he said/she said" retorts. No End In Sight is riveting stuff, and if even just a handful of claims are true, then it's worth taking note.
March 19, 2010

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October 4, 2009

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Remarkably in-depth, this film refuses to become an expansive political warcry and instead focuses effectively and pointedly upon the facts surrounding the management of a country under occupation without questioning the ethics of doing so in the first place.

By focusing upon the early-occupation timeline of Iraqi civil management and reconstruction, the film remains neutral in tone, and thus effectively conveys a honest and important message without any partisan smokescreens.

Sadly, its focus limits its effectiveness, and the viewer must look elsewhere for vital context. Yet, in all fairness, as long as you haven't been under a rock for the past 10 years, you have that context.

All in all, a documentary in the purest sense of the word. One that does not merely reiterate, but provides a vital voice to, the facts surrounding its subject. Essential viewing.
December 22, 2008

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