The Final Year

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The Final Year uses director Greg Barker's wide-ranging access to take a detailed inside look at the closing months of the Obama administration.



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THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (16)

  • Regardless of politics, it's fascinating to see how the White House works.

    Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Final Year" is stirring and saddening, but too well behaved by half; I wanted it to be a little less Steven Pinker and a little more Dwayne Johnson.

    Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As an evocation of on-the-ground political reality, "The Final Year" is a a solid and often entertaining work in much the same wheelhouse as the durable political documentary

    Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This gripping, full-access account of life inside the White House during the last 12 months of Barack Obama's administration is sobering and heartbreaking.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • At least one viewer wept all the way through the credits.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Occasionally illuminating insights into diplomacy, international relations and the cultivation of self-image.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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