Dirty Wars Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 5, 2015
Dirty Wars is frightening and it's not over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 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.
Cole Smithey
February 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 29, 2013
Government sanctioned atrocities and journalist Jeremy Scahill fight for top billing in this investigative doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 28, 2013
The movie has rather silly, Bourne-style thriller graphics, which are unnecessary: it has an important story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
November 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
November 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.
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 25, 2013
Hard-hitting stuff and tough medicine for American foreign policy loyalists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
November 25, 2013
Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it's chilling stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 23, 2013
Relentlessly questions the military aims of American foreign policy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
... though I have certain qualms about the way Scahill is presented in the film ... I cannot imagine that a more compelling film could have been made without his character carrying this dramatic payload.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 9, 2013
"Dirty Wars" becomes more than the sum of its facts, illuminating not just the secret wars but the emotional toll that trying to uncover them takes on Scahill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
July 4, 2013
[C]onnects how the celebrated successes and piecemeal scandals about the global war on terror fit into an alarming U.S. military policy. . [but] gets confusingly repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 28, 2013
This is a film you skip seeing at your own risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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