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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
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Wars

All Critics (68) | 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
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It makes you wonder - what don't we know?

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Detroit News
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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.

June 27, 2013
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Toronto Star
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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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