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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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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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Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
January 9, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
| 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
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.'
| 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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 12, 2004
Shines most brightly when it's exploring unexpected ambiguities.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
March 27, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
June 26, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Bill Stamets
Senses of Cinema
November 1, 2004
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004

Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2004
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