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Control Room Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Fascinating documentary for mature older teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
"Control Room" acknowledges wartime journalism sits between objectivity and propaganda, indifference and passion. Neutrality doesn't exist; to avoid gore is a stance. In a way, it's TV's true reality - the impossibility of objective footage of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 21, 2007
Is simply up to what all journalists should be about in the face of a corporatized, monolithic media - ruffling feathers. This advisory couldn't have come sooner.
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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 1, 2005
Explores the difficulties that journalists face in a war situation better than most films do.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 31, 2005
Em um ano que gerou ótimos filmes como F9/11, Bush's Brain, The Hunting of the President e Outfoxed, este ainda se destaca como o mais eloqüente.
| Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 12, 2005
[E]xplodes the myth of objectivity... [but] leaves you with the very hopeful feeling that there's a wide middle ground that has room for all perspectives.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
Movies don't reveal the truth, but good ones like this can provide an intimate and nuanced glimpse at some alternative reality.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 4, 2005
Yes, the filmmakers ultimately lean left, but it's the U.S. military's PR guy, Josh Rushing, who stands out as the strongest and most likable personality.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 15, 2004
Iraqis don't question the military power of the U.S., but rightly have plenty of evidence to question its wisdom
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 29, 2004
It might at least make you stop and think the next time you hear something on the news that's presented as gospel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 3, 2004
In the words of an Al Jazeera producer: 'Rumsfeld calls this ''incitement.'' I call it true journalism.'
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 29, 2004
Noujaim has done better than most of us at being in the right places at the right times to catch the imperial machinery in its most vulnerable, damning moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
August 19, 2004
Bush and Rumsfeld have called Al-Jazeera "the mouthpiece of Osama Bin-Laden." You might find truth to that statement next to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2004
The optimistic viewer will see in all this blunt and messy contrariness the emergence of the first free press in the Arab world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 12, 2004
Shines most brightly when it's exploring unexpected ambiguities.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 12, 2004
"Control Room" is more than just a compelling film. It's a public service.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
August 10, 2004
Lieutenant Josh Rushing emerges as a voice of reason, a moral arbiter between al-Jazeera and Fox News.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Noujaim's viewers will learn little new about the inner workings of Al Jazeera, its philosophy, or its influence on its 40 million viewers.
Eric D. Snider
August 7, 2004
Takes us behind the scenes at the much-maligned -- but much-watched -- Al-Jazeera before and during the war, and the result is fascinating and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
August 5, 2004
A thoughtful look at the network the Pentagon describes as "the mouthpiece of Osama bin Laden."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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