Totally Under Control Reviews

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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 21, 2020
The resulting film conveys the dizzying sensation of chronicling history while it's still unfolding.
October 21, 2020
A methodical, devastating account of the American government's malfeasance and failure to act from the top down.
October 19, 2020
Totally Under Control refuses to look away, and being reminded of how many warnings went unheeded is unnerving.
October 15, 2020
Essential viewing for undecided voters, though it could have been more expansive.
October 14, 2020
It reconstructs recent history to remind us of how recently and quickly this pandemic changed life as we know it. Simultaneously, it calls attention to the many missed opportunities officials could have seized that may have altered the course we're on.
October 14, 2020
Yet its tight focus earmarks it as an important on-the-record document about a year we'll never forget. And, for better or for worse, it's already due for a sequel.
October 14, 2020
Incisive, lucid and infuriating...
October 14, 2020
A definitively American story - what happens when the desire to be free from government extends to government itself, as nearly 8m people sicken.
October 13, 2020
Do you enjoy watching slow-motion footage of car crashes? Would you like to feel the anxious rush induced by two hours of doomscrolling without actually going on Twitter? Then buckle up for Totally Under Control...
October 13, 2020
To the extent that this fast-paced recap has a method, it's to distill the institutional failings of the past year to a continuously involving and outraging two-hour highlight reel. At that, the movie succeeds...
October 13, 2020
All told, there's not a whole lot new here. Still... Gibney and company have delivered what is clearly intended to be a powerful closing argument, pulling the case together.
October 13, 2020
Gibney, Hillinger, and Harutyunyan do an impressive job-on a tight deadline, no less-of making the case for why the mismanagement of this pandemic matters.
October 13, 2020
Totally Under Control will become a useful document for the study of this pandemic in its eventual aftermath.
October 12, 2020
What becomes palpably clear watching "Totally Under Control" is that a bureaucracy already stacked against rapid response was made infinitely worse by the politicization of the crisis and the gutting of the civil service by the Trump White House.
October 10, 2020
While you feel like you already know a lot of the information in the first half, there's still bits in here that I found really enraging and glad to hear people talk about.
October 8, 2020
Does it also expand our understanding of what's been happening to us? I think it does. Mr. Gibney and his colleagues provide analysis and context, a world view of a world-shattering event, as well as the clarity of a timeline uninterrupted by commercials.
October 7, 2020
A calm indictment of lethal presidential incompetence.
October 7, 2020
There are no cheap shots or in-person ambushes here; the polemics are sober, restrained and all the more authoritative for it.
October 7, 2020
Akin to viewing a meta-horror film like Wes Craven's New Nightmare, whereby the audience understands that the terror exists beyond what we see on the screen. The bad calls have been coming from inside the White House.
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