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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times Reviews

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December 1, 2003
This sometimes fawning documentary is selling a simple image of Chomsky to his faithful, not expanding on or further discussing the man's ideas.
October 29, 2003
There are better and more entertaining ways to grapple with Noam Chomsky's theories.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
August 8, 2003
Junkerman's dull film, and its important if inflammatory message, will bore all but Chomsky's fellow travelers to death.
June 2, 2003
As film it's drab. As Chomsky it's compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2003
Whether or not you agree with Chomsky, this film will give you a political perspective not easily found in the mainstream media. It's worth seeing for that alone.
April 10, 2003
If the documentary is a jumbled mess, the man ... is mesmerizing, lucid, thought-provoking and brave.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 21, 2003
Visually, it's about as exciting as C-Span. Doesn't matter. Chomsky, at 74, is as radical as ever.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2003
May have been more interesting if there were somebody from the Right responding to his views. It doesn't even have to be an equal to Chomsky - anyone will do.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
February 14, 2003
Kept me interested for its full 74 minutes with a series of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2003
Would have benefited from putting a wider lens on the man and his detractors, as seen in 1992's superior Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2003
Whether one agrees with him totally, to some degree or not at all, it's hard not to appreciate the thoughtfulness of Noam Chomsky's gently spoken, hard-defended positions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2003
Because what Noam is thinking is always of interest, this brief and reverential film is as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2003
Chomsky's rapier-sharp intelligence, his curmudgeonly wit, his goofy charisma -- not to mention his considerable political acumen -- are all but lost in this sometimes-lugubrious hodgepodge.
January 12, 2003
Chomsky and his arguments are brilliant stuff, but this film is just a boring, trite mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 9, 2003
The authority of Chomsky's rhetoric has a sternly cleansing force that can't be dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 1, 2002
The kind of film that you hope makes it onto the TV screens of every high school class in the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 26, 2002
It is not a very distinguished film as documentaries go, but it captures the man in a vital moment -- commenting on America's place in the world following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
November 23, 2002
While that will ultimately give the film a dated feel in the future, right now it seems as topical and relevant as today's headlines.
November 22, 2002
Would have been far more interesting if its titular talking head had debated an intellectual equal from the right.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2002
General outline of his critique of American power, which has been consistent since the early days of the Vietnam war.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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