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Control Room Reviews

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May 25, 2004
[The filmmaker got] home with a bunch of marginal scenes and only the sketchiest chance of editing them into a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 1, 2004
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.
June 15, 2004
Biased and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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-
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
June 11, 2004
An enlightening documentary about how the U.S. networks and the Arab satellite news channel Al Jazeera covered the early days of the war in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2004
A must-see movie.
June 25, 2004
Americans watch CNN. The Arab world watches Al-Jazeera. This movie watches both and helps us understand how no attempt or pretense of objectivity can ever escape bias.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 22, 2010
Fascinating documentary for mature older teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2004
Riveting documentary about Al-Jazeera has a simple, sturdy structure, a critical eye and a plain-spoken style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 14, 2004
... a raw, unblinking examination of how the first draft of history is revised by those who filter it.
June 10, 2004
Whatever your beliefs about the war in Iraq, there's something here to make you question them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
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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August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2004
Offers us a fierce yet often surprisingly friendly debate about the clashing ways in which the U.S. invasion and takeover of Iraq have been portrayed by American and Arab journalists, placing matters in context.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+
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
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