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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

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Critic Consensus: Chomsky is a compelling, thoughtful speaker.

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Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important and best-respected dissident political analyst in the United States. While his outspoken opinions on American foreign policy have hardly endeared him to the mainstream media (or the leading lights of either the Republican or Democratic parties), his sharp but well-considered opinions have made him a mainstay of leftist political journals and a tireless opponent of misdirected military violence and political bullying. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times is a documentary which explores Chomsky's lectures and writings on the Bush administration's responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Chomsky discusses foreign policy decisions which helped to create the climate in which the 9/11 attacks could happen, as well as military and political decisions against Afghanistan and Iraq which have taken their toll largely upon civilians -- which, by Chomsky's estimation, makes the United States as much a terrorist agency as our opponents.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jun 17, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

Junkerman's dull film, and its important if inflammatory message, will bore all but Chomsky's fellow travelers to death.

August 8, 2003
Washington Post
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If the documentary is a jumbled mess, the man ... is mesmerizing, lucid, thought-provoking and brave.

Full Review… | April 10, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Visually, it's about as exciting as C-Span. Doesn't matter. Chomsky, at 74, is as radical as ever.

March 21, 2003
Seattle Times
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Kept me interested for its full 74 minutes with a series of surprises.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Would have benefited from putting a wider lens on the man and his detractors, as seen in 1992's superior Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick.

Full Review… | January 31, 2003
Boston Globe
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Because what Noam is thinking is always of interest, this brief and reverential film is as well.

Full Review… | January 23, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

½

Interesting man in an uninteresting documentary. Don't know if Noam was distracted or if the director just had a knack for picking him at his worse moments. I think a straight taping of his lecture might have been more enjoyable.

While I have never much agreed with linguist Noam Chomsky's assertion that only humans have the innate ability for language, I have long been a fan of his politics. He is a steadfast force in the fight for the rights of all citizens. This piece is a collection of speeches and interviews he has delievered or granted on the topics of media, power, and terror.

Npswink
Nathan Swink

While I have never much agreed with linguist Noam Chomsky's assertion that only humans have the innate ability for language, I have long been a fan of his politics. He is a steadfast force in the fight for the rights of all citizens. This piece is a collection of speeches and interviews he has delievered or granted on the topics of media, power, and terror.

Nickpenn23
Nick Pennsylvania

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