Dirty Wars (2013)


Critic Consensus: 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 journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (c) Official FB

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Critic Reviews for Dirty Wars

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[A] gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It makes you wonder - what don't we know?

Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term.

Jun 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

These wars being fought in our name may be dirty, but this courageous film reminds us that as long as we have a free press, they don't have to be secret.

Jun 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry.

Jun 21, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.

Jun 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Wars


Some more of the same we've been through in the past.

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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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

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