American Dharma Reviews

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November 6, 2020
While Morris never takes his subject to task (and oh how delicious the film would be if he had), the director has crafted a time capsule that delivers a blunt (and aggravating) record of one of the most polarizing political figures of our time.
October 27, 2020
I wanted more answers and less glossing over and excuse-making by the [so-called] monarch-maker.
October 21, 2020
Morris's conversation with Bannon reveals a lot and is, in fact, a more illuminating look at the man than last year's "The Brink."
October 14, 2020
...it feels right that Morris allows us, the viewer, to draw our own conclusions on the destructive nature of Bannon's social and political ideas.
June 22, 2020
American Dharma exposes Bannon as both a brilliant political strategist and a grotesque personification of the anti-globalist nationalism...
January 2, 2020
Throughout the film, which boasts a smart score and does a brilliant job of interweaving film and news clips with public opinion overlaid via the Twittersphere, [Errol] Morris affords his subject a long leash - perhaps too long.
January 2, 2020
The movie's worth taking in, though, as a shaky confrontation with a very American kind of demon, one weaned on the shallow, heroic lies of Hollywood individualism, furious that life rarely works that way, and willing to wreck the house in response.
December 5, 2019
Give 'em enough rope, as they say. It's become increasingly fashionable to twist or ignore facts, but it's still important to present them for all to see.
December 3, 2019
As always, Morris burrows deep into his subjects. Here his laser focus gives Bannon free rein to reveal his guiding principles and strategies, admirable and otherwise, and Bannon serves up some stunning commentary.
November 14, 2019
American Dharma is a vivisection, and [ Errol] Morris gives Bannon the tools to do it himself.
November 8, 2019
"American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon - a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political advisor that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting.
November 7, 2019
Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment.
November 3, 2019
It's the journalistic equivalent of Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, and while Bannon is far too media-savvy to be one of Morris' best subjects, he doesn't clamp down tight, the way Rumsfeld did.
November 2, 2019
In this times of intense ideological division, the film gives viewers on both sides of the aisle some points to ponder, if only they're willing to listen.
November 1, 2019
Morris does not lead you by the hand. If the subject is lying, or delusional, as he often seems to be, Morris presumes the viewer will notice.
November 1, 2019
Morris feels no need to paint Bannon as diabolical, not when the man is approvingly quoting Satan. Morris is merely taking after John Milton when he lets Bannon explain himself.
October 31, 2019
Morris wants to map how Bannon thinks. The movie he has made is less an act of muckraking than it is a psychological thriller, with Bannon its implacable villain.
July 24, 2019
In the case of Bannon in particular, Morris comes in not with a particular point to make, but in hopes of understanding an evil which he admittedly finds incomprehensible.
January 25, 2019
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.
January 24, 2019
Morris uncovers that Bannon is less a political mastermind and more of a mythologizer.
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