American Dharma Reviews

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November 12, 2020
Unfortunately, Morris keeps his rebuttals to a career minimum in American Dharma -- bad timing, considering his subject is an active fire-starter, not a regretful, dried-out war hawk.
October 24, 2020
There's just not enough poking around in the Bannon-verse by Morris.
July 25, 2020
Even for a more objective viewer, American Dharma has just enough self-awareness to emphasize its own beliefs but lacks the oratory to go past what's already known.
December 17, 2019
Kid-glove treatment of the former Donald Trump advisor is surprising coming from the hard-hitting interviewer of Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld.
December 13, 2019
Whether or not American Dharma is worth your time is ultimately up to you and whether you enjoy giving space in your life to controversial figures.
December 5, 2019
Bannon has trafficked in racism, far-right conspiracy theories and other controversies during his career. Morris brings up some of it... but rarely nails Bannon with a tough follow-up question.
November 1, 2019
A rather florid, disjointed conversation, one where Morris' attempts to challenge and confront Bannon feels mostly cathartic for the filmmaker, ultimately, without yielding much additional insight to understanding Bannon that hasn't already been said.
November 1, 2019
A frustratingly hollow look at Bannon that is ultimately so benign in its portrayal of the man that it comes closer to an example of fan service than a full takedown.
October 30, 2019
Morris spends so little time on Bannon's White House tenure that a casual viewer might forget he was there at all.
October 27, 2019
The film feels rather like listening to the arsonist calmly explain why he set the fire as we continue to watch it rage.
June 5, 2019
A disappointing film from Morris, whose light examination of a very dangerous man can only be seen as a missed opportunity.
October 18, 2018
If anything, we should be thanking Errol Morris, who sat across from Stephen Bannon for days on end listening to his stories - so we didn't have to.
October 10, 2018
The most frustrating part of "American Dharma" is that Morris lets Bannon off too easily. When he critiques him, Bannon either doesn't respond or ducks the questions.
October 4, 2018
"American Dharma" succeeds neither as journalism nor as portraiture, neither as political critique nor as cultural survey nor as psychological study.
October 1, 2018
Morris finds himself negotiating the finer points of a deal with the proverbial Devil. Bannon courts the credibility afforded subjects of Morris' Oscar winning lens, but he has little intention of inviting the filmmaker's full scrutiny.
September 21, 2018
What the director cannot seem to do... is get Bannon to reveal anything of himself that the man isn't already willing to tell us.
September 20, 2018
Morris does occasionally challenge Bannon on the facts, but he fails to examine the unspoken premise of the documentary: that Bannon is to be taken wholly seriously.
September 19, 2018
American Dharma is a frustrating excavation of a man at the height of his narcissism.
September 17, 2018
Perhaps the most important lesson of American Dharma is that Bannon and his ilk are spoilt children, and like lazy, indifferent parents we have let them run riot. Perhaps it's time for the adults to start acting as such and finally put the kids to bed.
September 14, 2018
We already saw how this exact debate played out on a national scale, and Dharma is feature-length proof that Morris isn't up to the task of wrestling with that reality yet.
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