Totally Under Control Reviews

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November 19, 2020
...a maddening, disquieting tale of ego, hubris and rudderless, ill-advised and irresponsible leadership...
November 17, 2020
The filmmakers have crafted an urgent watch that demands to be seen.
November 10, 2020
Totally Under Control is a get-out-the-vote push and a must-see for the undecided.
November 10, 2020
Dense yet cleanly arrayed, Totally Under Control illuminates the choices made that underpin the unnecessary losses by the United States in 2020, not limited to 240,000 deaths and counting. Solid; enraging.
October 31, 2020
[It's] is such a well-packaged, strong investigative piece of journalism. When someone 100 years from now asks what happened in the U.S. back in 2020, [Alex] Gibney's documentary should be the first thing they unearth to get a solid explanation.
October 29, 2020
...there is nothing wrong with the message of Totally Under Control. It's more an issue with the messenger.
October 29, 2020
If you have been an avid follower of the news ever since January, then a lot of this might not be new to you. But if you're looking for a summary of the government's incompetence at handling the pandemic, this is a relentless assault of facts.
October 26, 2020
The saga's best-known scientists - Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx and Robert Redfield - aren't here, but the film's interviewees are still a pretty good array, with worthwhile stories to tell.
October 23, 2020
Ultimately, the film feels like a hybrid project, simultaneously speaking to this moment while also waiting for an uncertain future...
October 23, 2020
It's a fine placeholder for a real reckoning, a nicely-plated appetizer, a studious demonstration of how to read, collate, and repackage the news. Now all we need is to tell the actual story, which is to say, the human one.
October 23, 2020
Gibney, Hillinger and Harutyunyan have produced an urgent and powerful film. It clearly lays out a timeline and forcefully shows that no matter how bad you think things were behind the scenes, the truth is they were worse.
October 23, 2020
A vital, powerful examination of how one political administration could get something so wrong by ignoring the experts.
October 23, 2020
A cool-headed, detailed, thoroughly researched chronicle...The documentary's second and dominating theme speaks to a fundamental issue that has driven too much public discourse in the 21st century, namely the downgrading of expert opinion.
October 22, 2020
Odds are at this stage of the pandemic you're sick of hearing about COVID. Nevertheless, documentary powerhouse Alex Gibney asks us to revisit the early days of the epidemic one more time and, boy, is it ever worth it.
October 22, 2020
Rather than move the voter gauge, this documentary is primed to move the historical conversation that will continue to be written over the next decade or more.
October 21, 2020
The resulting film conveys the dizzying sensation of chronicling history while it's still unfolding.
October 21, 2020
I usually refer to a Gibney film as an "info dump" in the pejorative sense, but it's a compliment this time.
October 21, 2020
A methodical, devastating account of the American government's malfeasance and failure to act from the top down.
October 21, 2020
Sometimes the choices feel on the nose, like footage of square-dancing serving as a metaphor for the viral spread, but they're generally suitable and visually interesting.
October 20, 2020
[A] powerful, persuasive documentary.
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