Control Room 2004

Control Room

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A fascinating, enlightening behind-the-scenes look at the Al Jazeera network.

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Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim provides a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of Al-Jazeera -- the most prominent television news network in the Arab world -- during the war in Iraq. Through interviews with American journalists, journalists reporting for Al-Jazeera, and high-ranking U.S. military officials, Noujaim explores the nature of media bias, Al-Jazeera's relationship with the Arab community and the network's perception in the Western world.

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Critic Reviews for Control Room

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (5)

  • The optimistic viewer will see in all this blunt and messy contrariness the emergence of the first free press in the Arab world.

    August 13, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • Given that most Americans know the network only by reputation, or via Donald Rumsfeld's public denunciations of it, a little more objective information would not have gone amiss.

    August 1, 2004
  • Noujaim's documentary is clearly sympathetic to the journalists of Al-Jazeera, who all seem to be professional, intelligent and reasonable, but it is not blindly biased.

    July 16, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Modest in scope and not as well structured as it could have been, Control Room may not seem all that compelling 10 years down the road. But right now, at this very moment, it is essential, imperative viewing.

    July 16, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • More illuminating than not, and shines its brightest light on a truth that war and warmongers so ferociously ignore: Look hard into the other's camp and what you'll likely see is yourself.

    July 16, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A perceptive picture of the way in which modern warfare has turned the information battle into its permanent second front.

    July 12, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Control Room

  • Feb 24, 2016
    Valuable for the authentic interviews it provides & the relatively balanced look at the subject. I liked seeing how the American military man's viewpoint widened over time.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2014
    Brilliant documentary that chroniclers the start of the Iraq on the Arab side. With interviews from Al Jazaeera, we get a glimpse into the war that we've never seen, and it's an engaging documentary that shows us something that is captivating in the sense that we get a different look at the war, and the documentary goes in depth on its topic. I'll keep my personal feelings of that war out of this review, but what is presented here can raise questions in viewers. Al Jazeera did not sugar coat the images, and showed the world disturbing images of the conflict that raised many eyebrows. As a documentary, Control Room is a powerful, engaging picture that offers something quite different than what the other news networks has given viewers. This tells the story from the Arab point of view, and it does it very well, and with this film, we get a much more complete picture from both sides of the spectrum of the Iraq War. The film is brilliantly shot with plenty of interviews and war footage to tell its story. Control Room is an important film, a documentary that is well worth your time if you are interested in the subject. Control Room's power is in the way it tackles the subject by documenting it from a different point of view. The film focuses on the new coverage of the war, and it's a captivating look at that, and Al Jazeera is the focal point of the film, but we also have other news agencies documented. However like I said, Al Jazaeera is the main focus and what is presented here is quite interesting, and we get a great portrait from the Arab side as well, which is quite interesting.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    A powerful documentary about Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Irag War. An eye-opening look of how the war was covered by Arab journalists.
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2008
    I did not know what this movie was about goin in, but I really liked it. I thought it was very refreshing to see a new take on the media and its coverage of the war in Iraq. There's a little more immediacy to this movie than contemplation, and I was expecting a little more commentary about the social impact that an Arabic-language news network on the ciizens of the Arabic-speaking world, but instead if covered how America reacts to thier coverage and how news reporting is done in Al-Jazeera. Very interesting movie, but I might have taken it a different way.
    Emily A Super Reviewer

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