Control Room Reviews

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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.
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.
July 16, 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
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
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 12, 2004
A perceptive picture of the way in which modern warfare has turned the information battle into its permanent second front.
June 25, 2004
Noujaim's eye-opening documentary consistently asks the tough questions, while giving its subjects (and, implicitly, the audience) a remarkable forum for discussion.
June 18, 2004
Enlightening, if structurally relaxed documentary.
June 18, 2004
This engrossing portrait of competing notions of truth is at once a thrilling real-time chronicle of the birth of a free press and a sophisticated philosophical treatise on the nature of objective reality.
June 18, 2004
It does a good job of showing just how much media manipulation is taken for granted by those who have the job of massaging the facts and the ones who simply lie back and enjoy it.
June 18, 2004
The value in Control Room is simply that it shows what America never got to see while also serving as a reminder that nobody serves up the real truth, everybody just serves up their truth.
June 17, 2004
A glimpse of a world where everything is reversed, where our most cherished preconceptions are called into question and reality proves to be a more complex business than we imagined.
June 17, 2004
As a portrait of the media's own Iraq war, this is a memorable, if not fully satisfying, film.
June 14, 2004
... a raw, unblinking examination of how the first draft of history is revised by those who filter it.
June 13, 2004
For those who are interested in wartime truth, this film reminds us that the casualty has been somewhat reduced.
June 11, 2004
Without being didactic, the documentary raises important issues about bias and objectivity.
June 11, 2004
A must-see movie.
June 11, 2004
If there are indeed two sides to every story, Control Room offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe the other side and then make up our own minds.
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.
June 11, 2004
This modest yet necessary documentary digs into the tussle between bias and balance in modern journalism and sends you out debating where one side's reporting becomes the other side's distortion.
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