Shock and Awe

Critics Consensus

Shock and Awe has a worthy story to tell and some fine actors trying to bring it to life; unfortunately, the end results are still as derivative as they are dramatically inert.

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The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who "got it right" in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush White House's justification for the conflict.

Cast

Woody Harrelson
as Jonathan Landay
Rob Reiner
as John Walcott
Tommy Lee Jones
as Joe Galloway
James Marsden
as Warren Strobel
Richard Schiff
as The Usual
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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (32)

  • This sadly derivative film has one too many screenings of All the President's Men written all over it.

    July 27, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The story gives audiences an inside look at how journalism actually works at ground level, including the cultivation of sources, the use of "background" and off-the-record information. It has a strong feel of authenticity.

    July 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At its best, Shock and Awe still feels like it strains to be Spotlight-lite and comes up lacking. The title is a misnomer.

    July 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's well intentioned but clumsy.

    July 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.8/10 | Full Review…
  • For all that, Shock and Awe is a slim, at-times too-obvious portrayal of an important story, as well as the fundamental calling of journalism when it comes to holding the powerful to account.

    July 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • It's a rote piece of work that, oddly, also feels dated even at a time when the press and the White House have rarely been more at odds.

    July 13, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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