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Death of a President Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 2, 2009
Despite the audacious title and premise, Range doesn't aim to shock, but to unnerve
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It is at least slick with technique -- or with a synthesis of techniques.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Karina Montgomery
March 29, 2007
OK, so, it's got balls and technical skills, but is it anything more than a stunt? Yes, yes it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Les Wright
March 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.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 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.
Kam Williams
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
November 25, 2006
The movie does highlight the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.
Angela Baldassarre
November 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.
IGN Movies
November 2, 2006
It is indeed ironic that a film that is often so good at making one suspend their disbelief still can't generate a true emotional response in the end. Despite its shortcomings, Death of a President is an interesting and provocative work that merits
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 28, 2006
It's worth watching with grain of salt in tow. You may learn more about yourself than about the President or the war.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 28, 2006
Range's filmmaking craft is assured, but to what end? ... [His message] nearly gets drowned out in the razzle-dazzle of the police-procedural details and speculative history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 28, 2006
Range comes about these issues in a provocative way, but they're still worth discussing, aren't they?
| Original Score: B
October 27, 2006
Given the controversy, which strongly suggested that the filmmakers had it in for President Bush, the film's biggest shocker may be how kind Range and coscreenwriter Simon Finch are to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 27, 2006
Every thinking person should see Death of a President.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 27, 2006
Death of a President is thought-provoking, but as much for 'how'd they do that?' as for its ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
October 27, 2006
No reasonable person will come away from [DOAP] feeling that the film promotes... acts of violence. So it is a bit odd that this film gets tabbed 'controversial' when an exercise in sadism like Saw III is sure to be written off as scary fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 27, 2006
Aside from satisfying some kind of ghoulish curiosity about how such an incident could possibly happen, there's precious little in Death of a President to justify the extremity of its central conceit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
March 2, 2007
Ron Yamauchi
Georgia Straight
October 29, 2006
Jim Ridley
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
October 21, 2006
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