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The Trials of Henry Kissinger

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

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95

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 3

This compelling unauthorized biography takes a muckraker's view of the controversial diplomat.

94

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

This compelling unauthorized biography takes a muckraker's view of the controversial diplomat.

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This incisive documentary offers a sobering portrait of statesman Henry Kissinger, quite possibly the most powerful and influential diplomat in U.S. government in the latter half of the 20th century. Based on the book of nearly the same name by journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens (the slender volume goes with the singularized Trial), the movie takes on the form of a legal argument, bringing forward case studies that aim to illuminate Hitchens' claims against Kissinger. Among the

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Alex Gibney

Aug 19, 2003

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In a larger sense, this powerfully muckraking film is about the accountability of public figures and about how, in regard to international justice, there can be no exceptions.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Even if the case against Kissinger is not fully convincing, the documentary keeps you glued to your seat and thinking long after you've left the theater.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The film is insightful about Kissinger's background and history.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Fascinating to watch as a portrait of political celebrity and ego.

December 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A stunning and overwhelmingly cogent case for Kissinger as a calculating war criminal.

December 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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An Incendiary piece of a rather innocuous order

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Much of Kissinger's career has been spent smoothing the way for rich industrialists, ambitious rightwing politicos, military men, and, of course, himself.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

provocative study

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A fast-paced documentary that entertains as it informs.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Directly charging him with mass murder, the film colors Kissinger as a secretive, paranoid, duplicitous megalomaniac who rose to political superstardom while literally--the movie claims--getting away with decisions that left hundreds of thousands dead.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The strange and engaging tale of this deepvoiced (deep-throated?) diplomat.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Um retrato fundamental do homem que certamente deve ser uma espécie de 'mentor espiritual e intelectual' de genocidas como Rumsfeld, Rice e cia..

March 28, 2005
Cinema em Cena

At best, The Trials of Henry Kissinger constitutes an indictment, not a conviction.

May 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

This documentary, far from a trial and not for geeks only, presents a focused, ferocious attack on a beloved target long overdue for his comeuppance.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Jarecki and Gibney do find enough material to bring Kissinger's record into question and explain how the diplomat's tweaked version of statecraft may have cost thousands and possibly millions of lives.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Lybarger Links
Lybarger Links

The bigger question it raises now is what to do with his ideological disciples in the Bush administration.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

It's both a necessary political work and a fascinating documentary...

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Eugene Jarecki amasses a compelling body of evidence suggesting that Kissinger should be formally investigated for a possible role in the CIA-supported coup.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Whether you buy Hitchens' arguments, one leaves The Trials of Henry Kissinger seeing him as a man who viewed international diplomacy as a game, blithely ignoring the human toll of his gamesmanship.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Jarecki's film is jampacked with information -- both fact and opinion -- utilizing news and interview footage, archival photographs and talking heads.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's not helpful to listen to extremist name-calling, regardless of whether you think Kissinger was a calculating fiend or just a slippery self-promoter.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

It's an engrossing and thought-provoking examination of the overriding will to power and the morality of its application.

January 27, 2003 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

A compelling film.

January 11, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for The Trials of Henry Kissinger

It makes a strong (if pretty one sided) case against Kissinger, who has maintained a strangely high degree of respect and admiration in many circles. I'm glad someone is willing to point out that giving him the Nobel Peace Prize was just a terrible idea.
February 27, 2013
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