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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 66

Morgan Sprulock's doc offers occasional insights but gets bogged down by the director/subject's gimmicky schtick.

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 25

Morgan Sprulock's doc offers occasional insights but gets bogged down by the director/subject's gimmicky schtick.

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With no military experience, knowledge or expertise, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock sets off to do what the CIA, FBI and countless bounty hunters have failed to do: find the world's most wanted man. Why take on such a seemingly impossible mission? Simple--he wants to make the world safe for his soon to be born child. But, before he finds Osama bin Laden, he first needs to learn where he came from, what makes him tick, and most importantly, what exactly created bin Laden to begin with. Following bin

Aug 26, 2008

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Complicated global problems require something a bit more challenging than this.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Morgan Spurlock is a living, breathing cautionary tale. Take a good, long look, kids: This is what happens when society validates really annoying people.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A superficial primer for people who aren't likely to go see it in the first place.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The film does offer a glimmer of hope that behind all the bellowing by politicians and thugs, there are millions of people in the Middle East who simply yearn for peace.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Where in the world is Morgan Spurlock's head? Occasionally, during this exasperating and goofy documentary, it seems squarely on his shoulders. Most of the time, however, it's firmly lodged up another part of his anatomy.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In his first film since Super Size Me, Spurlock tells you virtually nothing you didn't already know -- and, what's more, he does it with catchy videogame graphics and faux-naive man-on-the-street interviews that make Michael Moore look like Chet Huntley.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Shrinks the world situation to fit the mood of America and gets away with it. Candy-coated reality? Yankee vanity? Maybe so. But the sunniness is welcome.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Makes Michael Moore look like Marcel Ophüls

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

There is room for a tough, journalistic documentary presented by someone who really did want to know the answer. But this isn't it.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Spurlock's disarming, slightly goofy demeanor gets him out of situations that might mean trouble for anyone else. His films are always fun and even illuminating to watch.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

This film finds him becoming more sentimental, perhaps because of his new domesticity, but the film is still consistently entertaining.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

What makes it all work is how honest and grounded Spurlock is.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Woefully small-scale, often misguided.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Morgan goes out into the big bad, wide world as the naive and innocent everyman, asking the question of the title, but actually posing more complex issues - which address the human condition.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

At its best, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? offers a simplistic look at a complicated problem. At its worst, it provides the same.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Morgan Spurlock has crafted an entertaining, lighthearted look at the middle east.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Spurlock approaches the state of the Middle East -- and therefore our world -- with an asinine every-dude-ness that isn't just simple-minded but wincingly self-absorbed.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A frustratingly soft documentary that would sooner teach the world to sing than get to the bottom of the Bin Laden enigma.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Entertaining documentary that subtly delivers an important message, while making some astute observations about American foreign policy.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Spurlock goes home in time for his son's birth, but if there's an end of violence and distrust possible in the Middle East, it is not yet visible.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Spurlock draws some weird paternal parallels, subconscious or not, between Osama as the fugitive founding father of Al Qaeda, and his own possibly wayward, pre-partum depression, stressed situation as an imminently expectant, first time fugitive dad-to-be

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Audience Reviews for Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Not as good as SUPER SIZE ME, but Spurlock does a good job at least trying to hunt down "OBL", as he refers to bin Laden in this film. Unfortunately, it's a waste of time to watch the film today, since "OBL" is dead.
August 8, 2011
spielberg00

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I have no comment! I also have absolutely no idea why I give it 3 stars, because this movie is very funny, but the plot is... well, I don't even know if it is fresh! This is soo weird!
January 26, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Unlike the similarily toned documentaries by Michael Moore, or even director Morgan Spurlock's previous film, "Supersize Me", I doubt this will have any major social or political impact. Okay, sure, it does pose some interesting questions, I'll give it that much. But for all its fascinating qualities, it feels like Spurlock hasn't dug as deeply into the subject as he could have, and thus, it's more the kind of documentary you see for its entertainment value alone.

So where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Well, as you might have imagined, it's not something that really gets answered here. What it does provide though, are some well-educated guesses and speculations. Interesting and thought-provoking such, but assumptions nonetheless. Political shortcomings aside though, this was still a very enjoyable watch. Especially with all the fun and humorous animations.

Another thing I really liked about this film, was the very humane and down-to-earth feel it had. With his diplomatic and none-judgemental approach, Spurlock provides a reality-based image of arabs and muslims that is far from the angled view that we so often get spoonfed by the media. So altough Morgan may not unearth any groundbreaking facts, he does, in the end, grant us something far more essential: a tangible look at the common needs, hopes and wishes that connects us all as humans, along with some great examples of how positive change can be made by fairly simple and non-violent means. That alone made this into quite an inspiring experience.
August 30, 2008
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

"Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?" is an entertaining documentary that starts with Morgan Spurlock learning he is about to become a father for the first time. Fearing for the safety of his future offspring in such a cruel world and moving to Idaho apparently not being an option, he decides to be proactive and seek out the prime source of anxiety in the world today, Osama bin Laden. The training for Spurlock's journey to potentially hazardous countries takes care of any weight he gained during "Super Size Me"(which I have not seen, by the way) and proves that the scariest words in the English language are "If there is anything I have learned from watching action movies." In the process of his odyssey, he travels to Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, talking with common people and experts alike. The movie is not terribly insightful, however, even though I agree with a lot of what Spurlock has to say. And I am left wondering how exactly he got permission to not only enter Saudi Arabia, but also to apparently freely film there. In the end, Spurlock has his last great adventure before having to grow up and become a father.(He gets to fire a rocket launcher which is cool and not as scary as it sounds.) At the same time, he is also asking the world to grow up and get over itself, so his children and the children of the world can live in peace together.
March 23, 2010
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Walter M.

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