Feb 14, 2021
The film makes the critics nervous primarily because it points to processes that the US media prefers to ignore or conceal ... America seethes with unresolved political and social contradictions.
Feb 27, 2020
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.
Jul 2, 2009
Despite the audacious title and premise, Range doesn't aim to shock, but to unnerve
Apr 24, 2009
Beyond the feigned controversy stirred up by neocon zealots, "Death of a President" is nothing more than a high concept political hypothesis film that signals the futility of presidential assassination.
Aug 7, 2008
It is at least slick with technique -- or with a synthesis of techniques.
Sep 21, 2007
Without directly confronting the behaviors and attitudes associated with its theory, the movie leaves us with uncertainty, vacillation, and worst of all, emptiness.
Jun 21, 2007
The talking head interviews and other elements make for an intelligent analysis of our reactions and prejudices about such a situation. A must see.
Mar 29, 2007
OK, so, it's got balls and technical skills, but is it anything more than a stunt? Yes, yes it is.
Mar 27, 2007
There is little of the fall of the Twin Towers trauma, but much of All the President's Men here. That this film's buzz has launched such vitriol and condemnation is not surprising. Range's film exposes wider audiences to some basic truths of our times.
Mar 1, 2007
It's hard to imagine anyone without a political agenda who can walk away from this serious, sober and impeccably respectful film and get agitated about it on its merits.
Feb 24, 2007
As a piece of filmmaking, Death of a President is edgy and fresh, superbly realised and satisfying in its ambition to pass as a powerful documentary about an event that shook the world.
Dec 30, 2006
It's not art, it's not a serious discussion, it's not a film based in irony or metaphor -- Death of a President is merely a marketing ploy that's big on shock value and short on ideas.
Dec 29, 2006
So long as you think it's okay to depict a realistic-looking assassination of a sitting president via doctored news footage, then you're likely to enjoy this intriguing whodunit in which George Bush is blown away by one of his fed-up detractors.
Nov 25, 2006
"Death of a President" is generally a sobering film that not only dares to think the unthinkable, but encourages its audience, no matter what their political leans, to stop and think as well.
Nov 25, 2006
The movie does highlight the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.
Nov 6, 2006
Despite being heavy-handed and pretentious, and never providing a satisfying conclusion, Gabriel Range's fake-umentary "Death of a President" is nevertheless brilliant in its conception and execution.