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Fahrenheit 9/11 Reviews

August 7, 2004
This is the most comprehensive diatribe ever filmed against Bush and his cronies (even though, by necessity, it is focused primarily on Iraq).
August 1, 2004
This is Moore's most powerful movie -- the largest in scope, the most resourceful and skillful in means -- and the best things in it have little to do with his usual ideological take on American power and George Bush.
July 11, 2004
Sometimes slipshod in its making and juvenile in its travesty, and of course it has no interest in overall fairness to Bush. But it vents an anger about this presidency that, as the film's ardent reception shows, seethes in very many of us.
July 3, 2004
An enormous film, an angry film, a flawed film and often a very, very funny film.
July 3, 2004
Little of this information is new, but Moore packages what's already known about George W. Bush and his presidency into a piece of rhetoric so persuasive that the Bush reelection campaign could spend the next five months trying to refute it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2004
Potent and infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2004
Undeniably galvanizing, immensely watchable and damned good filmmaking.
June 30, 2004
I urge all my readers to see the film and judge it for yourselves. It is, at the very least, one of the most thought-provoking releases of the year.
June 25, 2004
The best thing about Fahrenheit 9/11 is that viewers can disagree with the filmmaker's own assessment that the war was fought for money and power but still emerge with some healthy questions of their own.
June 25, 2004
Unlike Bowling For Columbine, which editorially often seemed something less than the sum of its sketch-comedy parts, Fahrenheit 9/11 makes its case carefully and clearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 25, 2004
The most focused work of the director's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2004
Michael Moore's best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 25, 2004
A seductive blend of satire, editorializing and, sometimes, propaganda.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 25, 2004
One every American should see.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 25, 2004
As an exercise in filmmaking, this picture bears a curious resemblance to the very debacle under review.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2004
A film every citizen of voting age in America should see.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 25, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 can be funny, moving and shocking, but it's also manipulative and not above the occasional cheap shot.
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 25, 2004
At its best, the film is also a powerful, furious, loving -- and, at times, manipulative -- treatise on family values.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 isn't a cogent, revelatory exposť, but a dizzying compendium of facts and opinions, wrapped up in a heartfelt, passionate, surprisingly moving package.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2004
Love it or hate it, Fahrenheit is unprecedented in its relentless and up-to-the- minute attack on a sitting president.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2004
Instead of the incendiary expose we were promised, Fahrenheit 9/11 is more like a Bic lighter that has been fired up at one too many rock concerts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2004
Not a film to be ignored.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 24, 2004
The documentary's scathing attack on the war in Iraq and George W. Bush's presidency is informative, provocative, frightening, compelling, funny, manipulative and, most of all, entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 is not a documentary for the ages, it is an act of counterpropaganda that has a boorish, bullying force. It is, all in all, a legitimate abuse of power.
June 24, 2004
A film so sloppy, illogical and formulaic that it begs the questions: Can a hatchet job actually elicit sympathy for its sitting-duck target?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2004
Moore's most accomplished, most devastating and most flawed film to date.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2004
Moore states his argument forcefully and effectively, alternating cold, factual data with emotionally wrenching -- and draining -- human episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2004
It's an accomplished documentary with an extremely powerful message.
June 24, 2004
Moore's ability to kick off a debate -- even a vicious one -- remains priceless, as do his gifts for ridicule, for wringing laughs, shock and tears from his subjects and for shedding a spotlight on ordinary Americans.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2004
The statistics, the footage, the accumulation of facts are staggering -- or, at the very least, fascinating.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 23, 2004
A roaring, and for the most part richly deserved, hatchet job on the Bush presidency.
June 23, 2004
When Moore is willing to forget his personal animosity for a moment, his film regains its amazing power.
June 23, 2004
A passionate, clearly articulated, if sloppily structured indictment of the president, his ties to the bin Laden family, his relentless push for war in Iraq and, as portrayed by Moore, an ineptitude bordering on the criminal.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2004
Moore makes a persuasive and unrelenting case that there is another way to look at things beyond the version we've been given.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2004
Should be seen because it takes off the gloves and wades into the fray, because it synthesizes the anti-Bush argument like no other work before it, and because it forces you to decide for yourself exactly where passion starts to warp point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2004
It's not compelling; in fact, there are times when it's not especially interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2004
Ferociously, cathartically funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2004
... a powerful piece of filmmaking by Michael Moore.
May 19, 2004
What's remarkable here isn't Moore's political animosity or ticklish wit. It's the well-argued, heartfelt power of his persuasion.
May 18, 2004
If Moore is formidable, it's not because he is a great filmmaker (far from it), but because he infuses his sense of ridicule with the fury of moral indignation. Fahrenheit 9/11 is strongest when that wrath is vented on Bush and his cohorts.
May 18, 2004
The information here isn't necessarily new, but it is packaged in an acid-tongued way along with powerhouse visuals that drive home the filmmaker's nakedly political views.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2004
It is worth seeing, debating and thinking about, regardless of your political allegiances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 18, 2004
The film doesn't go for satirical humor the way Moore's Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine did. Moore's narration is still often sarcastic, but frequently he lets his footage speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2004
A lot of hot air.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2004
A brisk and entertaining indictment of the Bush Administration's middle East policies before and after September 11, 2001.
May 17, 2004
The sporadically effective docu trades far more in emotional appeals than in systematically building an evidence-filled case against the president and his circle.
May 17, 2004
Even if one agrees with all of Moore's arguments, the film reduces decades of American foreign policy failures to a black-and-white cartoon that lays the blame on one family.