An Unlikely Weapon Reviews

September 26, 2020
I dare say that the film would have likely looked much better had Adams himself been behind the camera.
November 17, 2011
July 10, 2009
A picture of a complex mind with a gift for capturing humanity and inhumanity with heartbreaking force.
July 3, 2009
As chock-full of insights -- from Peter Jennings, Peter Arnett, Gordon Parks among others -- it is the famed war photojournalist's works that still create space to be startled, to be rewired.
April 24, 2009
It's their reminiscences that are the most poignant and revealing about a man who seems, in Cooper's interviews, to have done all he could to conceal himself.
April 11, 2009
Those previously unfamiliar with Eddie Adams will be mostly fascinated and somewhat intrigued, but, for everyone else, An Unlikely Weapon serves merely as a pedantic, Reader's Digest version of Adams' career rather than as truly revealing and illuminating
April 10, 2009
In the documentary An Unlikely Weapon, Adams and people such as Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Morley Safer talk extensively about his career as a photojournalist for The Associated Press and later for Time, Parade and even Penthouse.
April 10, 2009
The man had stories to tell, in person and in his pictures.
April 10, 2009
The strongest material in An Unlikely Weapon contemplates the import of that shot, and of photojournalism itself, on the events of its time.
April 10, 2009
Documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and celebrity-portrait photographer Eddie Adams, whose image of a 1968 street execution in Saigon became an icon of the Vietnam War.
April 9, 2009
Adams, one of the great American photojournalists, is more than deserving of a documentary tribute. Unfortunately, for all its good intentions, An Unlikely Weapon is not that documentary
April 9, 2009
Though Morgan's non-fiction techniques are only serviceably straightforward, the director engagingly makes clear that Adams' most renowned image haunted him but did not, ultimately, define his work.
April 8, 2009
Photographer Eddie Adams is the subject of Susan Morgan Cooper's incisive documentary about the man who took the picture credited with helping bring an end to the Vietnam War.
April 8, 2009
Aside from some misguided musical cues, this is solid work, if essentially PBS/American Masters material.
April 7, 2009
Serves as a fairly surface-oriented hagiography of a self-conscious rock star photographer.