Death of a President Reviews

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November 1, 2006
[The director] has expertly interwoven real and simulated footage to make a film that looks convincing, but it amounts to little more than a clever editing exercise.
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.
October 30, 2006
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
Dramatic escalation falls by the wayside and gives way to political axe-grinding. By the end, there's nothing to admire except Range's technical virtuosity.
October 29, 2006
When judged against the real-life outlandishness piling up on a near-daily basis, this what-if scenario can't really measure up.
October 29, 2006
Don't waste your time being offended by Death of a President. This reeking excuse of a mockumentary deserves to be completely forgotten.
October 29, 2006
Rather than opening up his subject and illustrating how Bush's death might affect a broad range of opinion, the world's as well as the country's, Range narrows everything down because it plays more comfortably to the pieties of a partisan audience.
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.
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.
October 28, 2006
Range comes about these issues in a provocative way, but they're still worth discussing, aren't they?
October 28, 2006
The use of archival footage is both expertly and ineptly done, the descriptions of the nation's reaction just doesn't play true [no one really cares that much-not even President Cheney].
October 27, 2006
Despite its technical excellence and its careful balance, the film eventually dims its own fire.
October 27, 2006
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
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.
October 27, 2006
Every thinking person should see Death of a President.
October 27, 2006
Death of a President is thought-provoking, but as much for 'how'd they do that?' as for its ideas.
October 27, 2006
Even people who think George W. Bush is the worst American-made disaster since President James Buchanan will have no trouble recognizing Death of a President for the lousy thing it is.
October 27, 2006
This film's a little creaky at times, especially during long stretches of acted interviews. But the premise seems hauntingly real when President Cheney is shown delivering Bush's eulogy at a state funeral.
October 27, 2006
While it's far from the terrorist-training video that right-wing watchdogs are accusing it of being, it's not a particularly enlightening exercise either.
October 27, 2006
The fact of the Bush years far outdoes Range's dull fiction. The only thing that shook me was the idea of Cheney as president. Now that is the stuff of nightmares.
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