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Dirty Wars Reviews

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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 28, 2013
It makes you wonder - what don't we know?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2013
Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 14, 2013
Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 14, 2013
A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Boone
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2013
"Dirty Wars" becomes hard to swat away, no matter how much its style conveys a sense of unconscious insecurity about its assertions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 13, 2013
Scahill's so busy Being A Reporter - capital letters are definitely called for - it gets in the way of what he's reporting on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
The flood of theatrical documentaries about the War on Terror... has slowed to a trickle since President Obama took office, which makes this uncompromising exposť from reporter Jeremy Scahill even more important.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 7, 2013
For every shot of an Afghani citizen talking tearfully about the death of a loved one, there's almost always an equally long shot of Jeremy Scahill listening, Jeremy Scahill taking notes, Jeremy Scahill furrowing his brow.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 7, 2013
An exposť of practices that need -- demand -- exposing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 7, 2013
The film will undoubtedly play well with those who already despise the covert killings, but it does a disservice to the wavering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 7, 2013
It's shocking stuff, even if much of it has already been in the news. That's mostly because of the way that Scahill strings it together into a coherent, convincing argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 6, 2013
Pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting ...
| Original Score: 5/5
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June 6, 2013
Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights - and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2013
As a connect-the-dots narrative, "Dirty Wars" is eye-opening, a fierce argument that there are chilling ramifications to endless, vague aggression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
June 6, 2013
As a polemic, Dirty Wars is provocative and productively depressing ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
Dirty Wars is essential viewing for anyone who wants to know how we wage war right now; it's also a chilling prologue for what's likely a global future of endless war and blowback.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 4, 2013
Dirty Wars leaves some deeper questions unexplored, mainly the philosophical struggle between security and secrecy, but makes up grandly with raw data and one correspondent's passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Kaufman
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
Gritty and gripping, playing out like a paranoid geopolitical thriller ...
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 29, 2013
[The] astonishingly hard-hitting "Dirty Wars" renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s-style conspiracy thriller.