Death of a President 2006

Death of a President

Critics Consensus

In this unconvincing fictional documentary, the tense 30 minutes that lead into the title event is outweighed by the boring, melodramatic hour preceding it.

38%

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Documentary filmmakers recount the events leading up to and following the fictionalized assassination of President George W. Bush in 2007. Jamal Abu Kikri, a Syrian national, is hastily fingered as the main suspect, and President Dick Cheney expands governmental power to fight terrorism at home with Patriot Act III. But as Kikri stands trial for the crime, another credible suspect looms into view.

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Critic Reviews for Death of a President

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (62)

  • This beautifully made film was seamlessly woven with a warp of drama and a woof of newsreel. The drama to come made the newsreel of [George W.] Bush utterly gripping.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite the audacious title and premise, Range doesn't aim to shock, but to unnerve

    July 2, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • What's missing is shapeliness, suspense, narrative cunning, visual flair -- in short, art. Are we really to believe that a network of the future would broadcast such a barbiturate?

    October 30, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Range comes about these issues in a provocative way, but they're still worth discussing, aren't they?

    October 28, 2006 | Rating: B

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Just as the ducks get lined up in a row and we're ready for the movie to reveal its true purpose -- Political satire? Paranoid dystopian fantasy? Apologia for the Bush administration? -- we suddenly realize it has none.

    October 27, 2006 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
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  • Every thinking person should see Death of a President.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death of a President

  • Nov 06, 2010
    Overall, it was just too much to be enjoyed. Arab suspect, war protesters... just too unimaginative. Now, the use of real footage of Bush and Chaney was interesting in my trying to figure out of that was just public domain material or what. How they used real people, that I am sure did not cooperate in the making of the movie, was the most interesting aspect of this movie.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    Not as good as I hoped it would be.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    <i>Death of a President</i> is a fake documentary, not a mockumentary, dealing with a President George W. Bush assassination situation. It has received multiple awards from various film festivals, but I fail to really see why. It can't be because of the highly political topic can it? Anyway, this film also has the R-rating. I assume this R-rating stems from the politics and racism because it sure isn't from the language and violence.<p>Does this film feel like a documentary? Yes, it does. Many different elements come together to create a realistic TV special report. That also means the bore factor for most people will be high. Not even the George W. Bush assassination is enough to keep the interest level up, but yes this is probably the part of the film that most people will be waiting for. It doesn't happen in the beginning either, which is what many will believe. The film actually takes the time to explain the events that lead up to the assassination and then go on to tell the story of the investigation that follows. In that sense, the flow is nicely done.</p><p>The acting is pretty believable, but other than the fact that you know this is a false documentary, there is still that little something that indicates that the interviewees are actors. Another good aspect of the film is that there are a few characters that speak Arabic. What would an assassination film be without terrorism right? Anyway, Hend Ayoub is the most believable actress in this entire picture.</p><p>While <i>Death of a President</i> does have an interesting premise, unless you like politics and 90 minute CNN specials, this will not entertain you.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2008
    This movie is SO interesting. The format is a dead-on copy of the contemporary historical documentary I've seen so much of, and the interviewees craft such intricate and nuanced characters. Underneath this brilliant examination of post 9/11 American culture lies a really engaging story. Bush himself is peripheral and his assassination is really just the backdrop for a much more personal narrative. This "documentary" is really something special.
    Emily A Super Reviewer

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