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The Hunting of the President (2004)

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74

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 15

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

58

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

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

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 1,243

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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

Sep 28, 2004

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (15) | DVD (11)

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

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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?

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Offers a lesson for both parties about what can happen when powerful forces unite to bring down a politician.

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

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Feels defensive and belated.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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One doesn't have to like Bill or Hillary Clinton ... to conclude that the enemies of the president were overzealous.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Galling to the abused outrage assimilator.

November 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A good primer for anyone not familiar with the whole complicated Whitewater investigation.

October 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's presented well and doesn't feature anything like Moore's increasingly off-putting brand of sarcastic humor.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

rightfully questions the underbelly of American politics and examines the scandal mongering of mainstream journalism in the wake of a right-wing media manipulation

September 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Makes a highly compelling case for the sheer amount of energy that went into trying to bring down Clinton by any means necessary, be it a shady land deal or a stained blue dress.

September 3, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Once you've accepted the basic allegiances of the movie ... it imparts a historical value even its partisan smugness can't negate.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The filmmakers here don't rely on their own personal opinions and biases as much as they deal with simple facts and statistics documented in archival news footage, freely available in the public domain.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Too cheesy and clumsy to have earned a theatrical booking outside of a few film festivals and fund-raisers without the profitable precedent of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'...

August 17, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This is a cautionary tale that needs to be told, about how a truly unsavory group of characters almost staged a legal coup d'etat. It's scary stuff.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It presents an undeniably persuasive argument and is a noteworthy addition to the recent crop of agitprop filmmaking.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

presents a chilling scenario of Big Brother run amok the likes of which haven't been seen in this country since Joe McCarthy demagogued his way into history back in the 50s.

August 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

A movie that will leave you with exactly the same opinions you had before you saw it. In other words, a movie that's not very effective.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.
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