The Hunting of the President (2004)



Critic Consensus: Though this doc has an obvious partisan bias, it presents a compelling case.

Movie Info

From the best-selling book by journalists Gene Lyons and Joe Conason comes The Hunting of the President, a documentary by filmmakers Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry. Going back to Bill Clinton's time as Governor of Arkansas and tracing through his impeachment while President of the United States, the Morgan Freeman-narrated film attempts to shed light on the alleged organized campaign to topple the charismatic statesman. Along the way, Thomason and Perry attempt to explore on a more general … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Nickolas Perry, Harry Thomason, Harry Z. Thomason
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On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Regent Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hunting of the President

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26)

For a movie that desperately wants to be jazzy and light on its feet, it's sadly heavy-handed.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

What comes across most strongly is how utterly trivial so much of this story now seems. Can we really have spent all that time, money and energy chewing over a land deal and worrying about a presidential dalliance?

Full Review… | September 3, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Marred by juvenile editing tricks and a relentless advocacy tone on behalf of Clinton, the film is like a scent of incense that takes you back in time, but leaves out meaning or context.

Full Review… | September 3, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

Offers a lesson for both parties about what can happen when powerful forces unite to bring down a politician.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
Arizona Republic
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There's wit, revelation and mercifully, more about Whitewater than Monica Lewinsky.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Feels defensive and belated.

Full Review… | August 12, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hunting of the President


An interesting documentary about the Republican smear campaign that started before Clinton took the oath, and culminated in his impeachment (although with anything this one-sided, you have to take everything with a grain of salt). But, its somewhat ruined by constantly cutting to old film clips that are supposed to humorously parallel what the interviewees are saying, as if they felt their target audience couldn't sit still for a straight documentary about politics. I guess its the post-Moore style now.

Grifty G

Super Reviewer

I was not aware while it was going on that most of the things Clinton was being investigated for were such Bullshit. This film is incredibly intriguing. Watch this film and you will see as I did that Kenneth Starr is one of films great villains.

Freddy Gompf

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