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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.
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
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.
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.
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
August 8, 2003
Junkerman's dull film, and its important if inflammatory message, will bore all but Chomsky's fellow travelers to death.
October 29, 2003
There are better and more entertaining ways to grapple with Noam Chomsky's theories.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
February 14, 2003
Kept me interested for its full 74 minutes with a series of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2002
An enlightening documentary in which a 74 year-old MIT linguist and political philosopher speaks out forcefully and convincingly against all forms of violence.
November 19, 2002
The uninitiated heading to Film Forum might find it the best sawbuck they've spent all year.
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
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.
November 14, 2002
Chomsky delivers the sorts of lectures that intelligent but politically unformed college students with little sense of history are bound to love.
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
November 21, 2002
While he fails to offer any real solutions, his conscientious perspectives on the questions remain invaluable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
January 9, 2003
The authority of Chomsky's rhetoric has a sternly cleansing force that can't be dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 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
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