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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2005
Adam Curtis has become the most exciting documentary filmmaker of our time. He's at once a psychologist, a historian, a journalist, a wizard of images, and a fearlessly incisive cultural detective who delves beneath the hidden myths of the modern world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 9, 2005
Curtis weaves a satisfying, explain-it-all narrative which, like any good conspiracy theory, provides considerable comfort for those who fear the world really is as unknowable as the neo-cons have warned.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 9, 2005
Though his bias is obvious, Curtis does his homework, getting the most damning evidence from interviews with the neocons themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 8, 2005
A sprawling, intellectually ambitious documentary about the political phenomenon usually referred to in journalistic shorthand as the war on terror.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 8, 2005
Curtis' The Power of Nightmares finds that the basis of 21st century political power is fear. And for nearly three hours he makes it very hard to argue it's not.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
December 6, 2005
Problematic as it is, this is that rare kind of political film that makes a good faith effort at getting its viewers to look at the world in a different way.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 6, 2005
As partisan filmmaking it is often brilliant and sometimes hilarious.
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