Dirty Wars

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Some viewers may find fault with director Rick Rowley's filmmaking methods, but they aren't distracting enough to keep Dirty Wars from serving as a terribly compelling argument against elements of American foreign policy.

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Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command. He exposes covert operations to capture and kill people, but those agents do not exist on paper.

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Critic Reviews for Dirty Wars

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  • Nov 03, 2014
    Some more of the same we've been through in the past.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2014
    Jeremy Scahill investigates the Obama Administration's covert wars in the Middle East. A scathing thesis-driven documentary that reveals corruption and murder in the ongoing "War on Terror." For all those who consider Obama the dove to Bush's hawk, this film is a must-see. Scahill's ethos isn't as hubris-drenched as Michael Moore's or Al Gore's; his mission isn't so much politically driven as truth-driven. Overall, this is an important and worthy documentary in almost every way.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2014
    Coming off as a bit preachy, "Dirty Wars" follows a man as he investigates wars around the world, coming up with his own acquisitions and theories on things, making this movie a very one-sided documentary, not really open for any interpretation, and I cannot stand when films to that. It's not that I didn't like this movie, in fact it is a very very well-made film, but the subject matter is touchy and most of the time these people seemed like they didn't even want to offer him the information. It was interesting to learn new things about the horrible parts of the world today, but I mean, you could easily leave it to news stations, because this film displays a lot of that. Again, for a documentary it is well shot, and it is being praised and nominated for many awards, and it deserves that but it's not the best out there in any way.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2014
    Scahill sets out to unravel the hidden truth behind a disturbing mystery in this always gripping documentary. Still, it is hard to shake the feeling that as a result of his investigation it also seems a bit premature and inconclusive, lacking enough corroboration to make it credible.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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