House of Saddam: Miniseries Reviews

June 26, 2018
Requires us to care about personal issues involving la famille Hussein that are actually pretty boring, and it leaves you with no real sense of how inextricably the stuff we're watching on screen was linked with international politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 26, 2018
Any good villain has to be sympathetic enough to be interesting... As played by Naor, Hussein is a credibly flawed person, not merely a monster.
June 26, 2018
As disrespectful to his victims as it may be to view The House of Saddam as entertainment, that is the only level where it succeeds.
June 26, 2018
Apparently, Saddam was mostly just a more boring version of Tony Soprano, minus the therapist.
June 26, 2018
Even with plenty of built-in drama, it all plays out in the most predictable manner imaginable.
June 26, 2018
It repeatedly asks viewers to trudge through static, angst-filled sequences in which Hussein, his family, and his generals seethe with aggression, betrayal, and self-destruction.
June 26, 2018
Naor is not often called upon to explore the character's psychological depths explicitly, which is just as well, as the series goes wobbly whenever the script heads in that direction.
June 26, 2018
The project of House of Saddam is to render Saddam (Igal Naor) life-size, or a little smaller, once again... Naor is a good physical match and conveys both his menace and his pressure-cooker intensity.
June 26, 2018
Above average as docudramas go, but as docudramas go, "above average" is still something short of essential.
June 26, 2018
Well told and often lurid, a saga that blends the dirty work of despotism with the rituals of family gatherings, sibling rivalries and marital discontents.
June 26, 2018
A chilling and riveting essay on the evils that men do and continue doing, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium.
June 26, 2018
It crackles with palace intrigue, family rivalries and the unpredictability of an amoral strongman with an unquenchable thirst for power and absolutely no qualms about snuffing out the lives of friend and foe alike.