The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

The Trials of Henry Kissinger



Critic Consensus: This compelling unauthorized biography takes a muckraker's view of the controversial diplomat.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

This incisive documentary offers a sobering portrait of statesman Henry Kissinger, quite possibly the most powerful and influential diplomat in U.S. government in the latter half of the 20th century. Based on the book of nearly the same name by journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens (the slender volume goes with the singularized Trial), the movie takes on the form of a legal argument, bringing forward case studies that aim to illuminate Hitchens' claims against Kissinger. Among the significant events in Kissinger's career that the movie tackles are his purported secret diplomacy during the 1968 peace talks to end the Vietnam War, the secret bombing of Cambodia in the early '70s without congressional authorization, and an alleged U.S.-backed plot to overthrow the leftist government of Chilean leader Salvador Allende. The movie features numerous interviews with legal experts, journalists, and high-ranking diplomats, such as Alexander Haig, Walter Isaacson, Roger Morris, and Hitchens himself; predictably, Kissinger did not participate in the making of the picture.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alex Gibney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
First Run

News & Interviews for The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Critic Reviews for The Trials of Henry Kissinger

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (23)

In a larger sense, this powerfully muckraking film is about the accountability of public figures and about how, in regard to international justice, there can be no exceptions.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Even if the case against Kissinger is not fully convincing, the documentary keeps you glued to your seat and thinking long after you've left the theater.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

An Incendiary piece of a rather innocuous order

Full Review… | September 6, 2010
Cinema Writer

Much of Kissinger's career has been spent smoothing the way for rich industrialists, ambitious rightwing politicos, military men, and, of course, himself.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

provocative study

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
Old School Reviews

A fast-paced documentary that entertains as it informs.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
All Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Trials of Henry Kissinger


It makes a strong (if pretty one sided) case against Kissinger, who has maintained a strangely high degree of respect and admiration in many circles. I'm glad someone is willing to point out that giving him the Nobel Peace Prize was just a terrible idea.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Hitchens, Gibney, and Jarecki make a great case against Kissinger, and you feel compelled to believe their impressions of the controversial figure. It's not quite as interesting as you'd think, but it's a good first outing for Eugene Jarecki and shows promise for his future career as a documentary filmmaker.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Trials of Henry Kissinger on our Movie forum!