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Death of a President Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2006
...for all the hype and gnashing of teeth, D.O.A.P. isn't a very interesting movie ... It means to shock us. All right, we're shocked.
| Original Score: 80/100
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
October 27, 2006
This futuristic faux documentary about the assassination of George W. Bush paints the president as a noble hero along the lines of Abraham Lincoln.
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
October 24, 2006
Death of a President is celluloid mediocrity. It's neither interesting nor convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 27, 2006
There's a cowardice at work here. Playing with the powerful tools of documentary, it poses as artistically courageous when it's often little more than a muddied if familiar meditation on the sorry state of affairs the U.S. finds itself in in Iraq.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 26, 2006
The flaw in Death of a President isn't one of morality. It's one of dramatic interest.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 14, 2006
Mr. Range is a talented man who knows how to control images and emotions, up to a point. By virtue of its subject, however, Death of a President takes on an unreal life of its own. The film itself becomes a riderless horse.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 26, 2006
Theater bans give "Death of a President" the appeal of forbidden fruit, which is just enough to make watching the slipshod film a giddy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Easily the year's most useless picture
James Rocchi
September 22, 2006
Death of a President isn't art, or even entertainment: It's the art-house, indie-doc equivalent of Snakes on a Plane, where someone thought of a single idea and then, it seems based on the end-resulting film, stopped thinking altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
Although slick and clever, the ethnics of this fake docu about an imagined assassination of Bush are woeful.
Edward Douglas
October 25, 2006
An impressive mix of real and created footage, but never really grabs you or keeps you interested ... this ain't JFK.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2006
I give nothing away by telling you the president dies. From that point on, the film's most egregious offense is becoming predictable and heavy-handed.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 26, 2006
Who would think a movie about an incendiary subject like the murder of the current president could be so dull?
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 22, 2006
Range's aesthetic trickery isn't nearly as seamless or as clever as that found in Kevin Millmott's C.S.A.: Confederate States of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 26, 2006
Love him or hate him, George Bush has generated the kind of emotions that a film like this needs to address in more substantive terms.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Bush weepie takes all sides and none.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 26, 2006
Those expecting a cinematic Molotov cocktail are in for a dose of NyQuil.
| Original Score: .5/4
Cole Smithey
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 27, 2006
And the point is ... what, exactly?
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