Death of a President Reviews

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July 2, 2009
Despite the audacious title and premise, Range doesn't aim to shock, but to unnerve
May 10, 2007
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 28, 2006
Range comes about these issues in a provocative way, but they're still worth discussing, aren't they?
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
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
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.
October 27, 2006
It will only leave Bush supporters wondering how one man can put up with so much hate. And it may leave Bush critics asking why they just spent $10 and 90 minutes on something that's more controversy than content.
October 27, 2006
D.O.A.P. offers no information, insights or ideas that a couple of political science majors couldn't come up with while hanging out between classes.
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.
October 27, 2006
Death of a President is a masterly piece of documentary chicanery that kills George W. Bush without once pandering to his legions of ill-wishers.
October 27, 2006
Death of a President manages to be predictable and astounding at the same time.
October 27, 2006
To the credit of Range and Simon Finch, with whom he wrote the screenplay, it makes its point and poses its moral questions without speeches or quotation marks.
October 27, 2006
I won't tell you how the story resolves the question of who killed the president. I will tell you that it involves a careless reading of American society by a director who apparently hasn't totally thought through what he's saying.
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.
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.
October 27, 2006
[DOAP] wants to function as a mindless thriller that eventually makes us think -- and only after the film is over question the form that encouraged us to be mindless. These are incompatible agendas, and in the end neither is fully successful.
October 27, 2006
The whole film has the whiff of a low-cost documentary unspooling on a basic cable channel on Sunday afternoon when you should be out raking leaves.
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