Feb 27, 2021
Dirty Wars points to a series of terrible crimes, but rejects drawing any serious conclusions from them, leaving its audience suspended in mid-air.
Feb 3, 2020
These are small, intimate tragedies, so oddly suited to the cell phone camera, which is meant to capture what's going on in our lives.
Mar 6, 2019
It's like a 1970s conspiracy thriller fronted by a voracious gumshoe -- only in place of laconic wit lies moral indignation.
Feb 2, 2018
It's scary stuff, and though director Richard Rowley sometimes milks the thriller overtones too forcefully, Scahill explores the subject with admirable clarity.
Apr 6, 2016
You become uncomfortably aware of scene-staging. How much re-enacting have we got going on here?... Once you become aware of it, this creeping subversion tends to gnaw away at the rest of the film.
Aug 5, 2015
Dirty Wars is frightening and it's not over.
Apr 8, 2014
Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are.
Feb 28, 2014
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.
Feb 24, 2014
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.
Feb 16, 2014
"Dirty Wars" may lack the nuance and design of an Errol Morris documentary, but it is nonetheless the most important and searing documentary of 2013. See it. Talk about it.
Dec 8, 2013
This is a very disturbing film. From a journalistic point of view, it would be better to have more documentation for the claims made in this film, but enough evidence is presented to raise concerns about these secret wars.
Dec 2, 2013
Not quite as tight as it needs to be, especially when it comes to building links between its various strands, this is nevertheless an intriguing documentary which contains some powerful interview material.
Nov 29, 2013
A tense, shocking US documentary that plays out like an episode of The Wire, though in this case it's not a war on drugs that's being fought (and lost), but the war on terror.
Nov 29, 2013
Government sanctioned atrocities and journalist Jeremy Scahill fight for top billing in this investigative doc.
Nov 28, 2013
We should be shocked. But the camera is too busy making a hero of reporter-presenter Jeremy Scahill.
Nov 28, 2013
The movie has rather silly, Bourne-style thriller graphics, which are unnecessary: it has an important story to tell.
Nov 28, 2013
A fearless and passionately directed documentary, Dirty Wars is a gripping and thought-provoking film fuelling the heated debate about the ethics of the US government and military.
Nov 27, 2013
offers geopolitical exposition & humanist perspective on a nation's hidden & entirely unregulated foreign policy, seemingly designed to create ever more enemies for the US in an expanding global war that is kept out of view, with no end in sight.
Nov 26, 2013
[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 25, 2013
Hard-hitting stuff and tough medicine for American foreign policy loyalists.