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October 25, 2018
In the modern world of reality TV and fly-on-the-wall documentaries this doesn't feel particularly revolutionary but I can only imagine what it must have been like to watch it back in 1993. And even if the novelty doesn't feel particularly strong today it still remains a fascinating bit of political history.

And thank god James Carville shouts so much, I could rarely hear what poor Stephanopoulos was saying!
½ May 29, 2018
This largely one-sided but refreshingly unsensationalized doc entertainingly shows how the political sausage is made. And James Carville is a national treasure, and he alone makes this worth watching. In reference to the Ross Perot presidential campaign celebration, he said: "It is the most expensive single act of masturbation in the world."
July 24, 2017
Nowhere near as eye opening and revealing as I'd hoped but nonetheless a rather immersive and engaging documentary about the people who really run Presidential campaigns. The documentary feels at times that it just scrapes the surface and only ever so quickly actually goes over the issues at hand.
October 12, 2016
really great to see this again - showed it to our 14 yr. old daughter. I think she got something out of it... she definitely enjoyed James Carville.
May 15, 2016
It's a bit of a mess but as an insight into the nuts and bolts of campaigning it interesting enough.
March 3, 2016
Fantastically crafted by a pair of excite documentarians, The War Room is everything that House of Cards (i.e.) should be and more. It's not about shooting from the hip, but understanding what makes people tick and, ultimately, believing in what you are doing. Pennebaker and Hegedus capture the passion, the tactics and the will to transform a country like very few have done before - fiction or not.
½ February 25, 2016
Fascinating look into the strategic decisions made by the Clinton campaign in 1992.
August 28, 2015
Can't wait to see this!
July 8, 2015
Interesting time capsule and inside view of history and politics. James Carville is a really interesting figure, and is almost more the focal point than Bill Clinton.
February 7, 2015
You can laugh with their jokes, you can grit your teeth at their frustrations, and you can celebrate their victory. You don't have their work, and perhaps that's the saddest part of this glimpse into Bill Clinton's '92 campaign.
½ October 5, 2014
I don't quite understand why this received so much was interesting to see some of the behind the scenes on the Clinton Campaign but it didn't seem at all overly great
April 2, 2014
I loved this movie. This is a riveting look at the 1992 campaign for President Clinton and in due process, it captures some amazing history. Shot in grainy 16mm, The War Room is a relic in its own right.
½ February 20, 2014
Works fine as a documentary but it's point is very unclear. At times it's showing political genius and at others it's showing political corruption.
November 14, 2013
It's sort of interesting seeing the two main campaign leaders, but really there's hardly any real content here. The tag line of the movie reads "They Changed The Way Campaigns Are Won", but there's basically zero explanation or indication of how, or any real specifics. It's a random fly-on-the-wall montage, and nothing more.
½ March 29, 2013
I liked this documentary.
March 4, 2013
Okay, so why has no one made a political rom com based on James Carville and Mary Matalin?
January 23, 2013
Many years ahead of the embedded journalism fad, master documentarians Pennebaker and Hegedus saw an opportunity during the 1992 Democratic primaries to follow a fantastic story in real time. The result is one of the greastest political docs of all time and it is gripping and entertaining as it was fresh in the early 90s. The film focuses on George Stephanopoulous and James Carville, two perfectly opposite characters and their quest to make Bill Clinton president. The film is a thrilling ride and more about the process than the end result. A masterpiece.
½ January 17, 2013
More fascinating now that two decades have past than when it originally came out. A fly on the wall doc of the day to day running of Clinton's '92 campaign. Criterion blu-ray includes some very interesting extras looking back from 20 years into the future.
½ January 17, 2013
A fascinating inside look on the men pulling the strings of Clinton's groundbreaking '92 political campaign, and is carried heavily on Stephanopoulos and Carville's likability.
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