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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeremy Scahill, David Riker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2013
Box Office: $0.4M
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Wars

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

This documentary is at least in theory non-political and not intended as overview of the past thirteen years. Instead, the filmmakers insist, it captures a moment in time on a downward spiral.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Dirty Wars


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

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


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 Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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