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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
Complicated global problems require something a bit more challenging than this.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Morgan Spurlock is a living, breathing cautionary tale. Take a good, long look, kids: This is what happens when society validates really annoying people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2008
A superficial primer for people who aren't likely to go see it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 16, 2008
The film does offer a glimmer of hope that behind all the bellowing by politicians and thugs, there are millions of people in the Middle East who simply yearn for peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
May 16, 2008
Where in the world is Morgan Spurlock's head? Occasionally, during this exasperating and goofy documentary, it seems squarely on his shoulders. Most of the time, however, it's firmly lodged up another part of his anatomy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2008
In his first film since Super Size Me, Spurlock tells you virtually nothing you didn't already know -- and, what's more, he does it with catchy videogame graphics and faux-naive man-on-the-street interviews that make Michael Moore look like Chet Huntley.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2008
It's a little insulting to all the real reporters who've died in the field looking for hard information, not weak indie comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2008
Spurlock has some fun with video-game techniques and he's certainly a likable guy, but this film is just too simplistic and repetitive.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 18, 2008
Insofar as Spurlock draws any political conclusions at all, they don't go much further than the title of the Elvis Costello song that plays under the final credits, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 18, 2008
Given the fraught nature of U.S.-Middle East relations and the war on terrorism, Spurlock is understandably in over his head. Still, he is a genial host whose message urges cultural understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
Uh, Pakistan. Roll credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
[Spurlock's] work here leans closer to Tyra Banks wearing her fat suit than anything directed by Errol Morris or even Michael Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 18, 2008
The director of Super Size Me shows something else -- guts -- in his sober-minded but comical, skeptical but never cynical documentary, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2008
While some of the interviews are interesting, and the scenery beautiful, eventually the juvenile jokes overwhelm any real point that Spurlock is trying to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 18, 2008
Armed with little more than a great title and limitless confidence, documentarian Morgan Spurlock sets off in search of the world's biggest bad guy. He comes up empty in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 18, 2008
The aim of Spurlock's mission is less a matter of actually finding the man than exploring the everyday beliefs and attitudes of Muslims around the globe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 18, 2008
Although Osama wraps up a bit too quickly, and ends a bit too obviously, the thing Spurlock finds is, for the most part, these people resemble us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 18, 2008
At its most illuminating, Morgan Spurlock's compelling if self-indulgent travelogue investigation Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? reminds us that a livelihood isn't just 'America's No. 1 issue' as CNN reminds us.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 18, 2008
Morgan Spurlock is a jokester politico in the Michael Moore vein, and his latest documentary is a low concept posing as a high concept.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 18, 2008
Spurlock and his team of collaborators never find the movie amid all their material. If he's a questionable journalist and a poor detective, he's an even more woeful filmmaker.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2008
It's impossible to disagree with much of what he [Spurlock] says...but it's also impossible to learn anything about war, terrorism, religion, oil, democracy or any of the other topics a less glib, less self-absorbed filmmaker might want to tackle.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2008
Genial Spurlock is the Ryan Seacrest of reality filmmaking, vamping for the camera while ducking the crossfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
Documentary humorist Morgan Spurlock explores the lighter side of international terrorism in Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 17, 2008
Where In The World is a conversation-starter for ADD-stricken adolescents who can't bear to think about one thing for too long, or too deeply.
| Original Score: C-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 17, 2008
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? is so infantile you expect the answer to be, 'Not at my house!'
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 17, 2008
The Osama his film captures is similar to the one foisted upon us by the media: a 2-D villain straight from a kill 'em all video game.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 17, 2008
It won't spoil anything to reveal that Spurlock doesn't find his man, but his failure to do so -- even though it's played for laughs -- is a cowardly cop-out that unintentionally mocks the very real dangers of life in the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 17, 2008
Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? jokes about Spurlock capturing the bounty on Osama's head, or making the world safe for his child-to-be, but it's really about the narcissistic filmmaker and his enablers the Weinsteins making a few bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 16, 2008
As he jets from place to place, he provides glib, oversimplified tidbits about Mideast history along the way.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 16, 2008
A cynic might view Spurlock's seven-month exploration of civilization's cradle as a form of conjugal competition.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 14, 2008
The film is a hodgepodge, and it closes with a whimper. But along the way some lucid voices slip through.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2008
A supersized problem gets the superficial treatment.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 23, 2008
With about as much documentary credibility as Borat, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? combines low comedy, high production values and the Middle East for what will surely be a hit, even as it delivers nothing new.