American Dharma

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American Dharma offers a fascinating glimpse of a political influencer's public persona - and a frustrating missed opportunity to interrogate his actions and stated beliefs.



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Focusing on the alt-right figurehead and former advisor to Donald J.Trump, Stephen K.Bannon this interview-style documentary reviews the controversial tactics and associations he employed in the realm of politics in the past, and his present day opinions on the American economy.


Critic Reviews for American Dharma

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  • "American Dharma" succeeds neither as journalism nor as portraiture, neither as political critique nor as cultural survey nor as psychological study.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The camera stays on Bannon, and what we see is a man who reveals himself even as he thinks he's gaining the upper hand.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Sam Adams

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  • American Dharma doesn't just recap a dark chapter in the nation's history. It sounds the alarm for the rest of the world.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • Though stylistically quite different from the director's The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, it shows the same ability to engage the viewer in American politics through a strategy of detached passion.

    Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • On the rare occasions when Morris gets around to challenging Bannon (once every 20 minutes or so), Bannon ducks the question, and that's that.

    Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What Morris does do, though, is more cinematic. He intercuts some of his subject's claims with montages of headlines or media clips that contradict him.

    Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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