This Is Not a Movie Reviews
November 17, 2020
A challenge to multiple misguided assumptions the establishment makes about both journalism in general and reporting on West Asia more specifically.
November 5, 2020
[Yuang] Chang captures an impressive portrait of the man who spent five decades chronicling the complex and sometimes chaotic political and human situation in the Middle East.
October 22, 2020
For anyone still willing to believe that journalism is a force of genuine good in an increasingly convoluted world despite the constant barrage of attacks it receives from all sides, The is Not a [Movie] is well worth viewing.
October 21, 2020
There is raw power in Fisk meeting the same man he saw getting thrown off his rightfully owned land 25 years ago, and going back to see the rental property constructed on his home.
October 19, 2020
The documentary adroitly demonstrates that Fisk is still motivated by the boyish curiosity that drew him to journalism.
October 16, 2020
However one ultimately feels about Fisk's reportorial compass, "This Is Not a Movie" presents a necessary, thought-provoking portrait of a dedicated truth-seeker.
August 19, 2020
It's an enjoyable documentary, chronicling an extraordinary life, but it often feels just a little too cosy.
June 11, 2020
After a lifetime reporting on conflict, Fisk reflects on the capacity of human beings to cause chaos on such a scale.
June 10, 2020
What you get from him is the truth, whether you like it or not.
May 26, 2020
After watching the documentary, viewers may feel galvanized by Fisk's energy and passion, ready to keep fighting their own battles, even if it's all for nothing.
May 7, 2020
Unlike his previous films, director Yung Chang's admiring doc on Robert Fisk is very much a one-man show, and raises critical questions about both journalism and the fraught business of reporting on war.
January 8, 2020
I may not agree with many of the same stuff Robert Fisk believes, but I do admire and respect how far he's willing to go for the truth. After seeing This is Not a Movie, I hope you will too.
October 7, 2019
In This Is Not a Movie, Fisk's life history is paired with a director up to the task of presenting the facts in a compelling, cogent manner.
September 26, 2019
It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East.
September 22, 2019
Fisk's story is a compelling reminder of just how real the news can be.
September 19, 2019
While [Fisk's] tenacity and confidence does make him someone the film refuses to question, those traits also let him be the kind of devil's advocate we need.
September 16, 2019
A film that can sometimes feel more laudatory than necessary, but provides a comprehensive portrait of a man who has become essential reading.