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Secrecy (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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The "classification universe" is invisible to most of us, yet the production of governmental classified secret documents involves millions of people. And government secrecy is growing, vastly outpacing the circulation of open information. The statistics, as much as can be gathered, are staggering. In a single recent year, the United States government classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress; the cost is about eight billion dollars a year--just to keep

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1)

A documentary that illuminates, entertains and inspires -- a timely triple feat given the stakes in the presidential election.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Smart and unexpected, SecrecyM combines thoughtful interviews with an elegant visual look to produce an incisive examination of some of the key issues of our time.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A stimulating, somewhat ambiguous new documentary about the changes in intelligence gathering since Sept. 11, 2001.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This one is not about secrecy per se, but about the strangely compelling people who fight for or against it.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In this age of political docu mentaries, it's always nice to come upon one that strives to be even-handed.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If the movie follows no single thread of inquiry, nor sustains any argument or research in depth, it nevertheless explores some chilling corridors of the clandestine.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A messily structured look into the hidden world of national security policy and the 'classification universe,' Secrecy comes off as not much more than an aperitif.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Its a neat balancing act that no doubt required some serious juggling in the editing room.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Secrecy may sound like the latest grade-B horror flick, but it's a horror movie of another kind: a documentary exploring the history of U.S. government clandestiness.

October 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This exceedingly "fair and balanced" (in the true meaning of the phrase), densely layered scrutiny of the nation's "disappeared" knowledge warrants viewing--even repeated viewing.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Secrecy might have had a different kind of resonance, for I grew up with the understanding that there is much that is not my place to know. Some questions are not to be asked.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A sharply produced, thought-provoking documentary that makes compelling arguments on both sides.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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