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Wormwood: Miniseries (2017)



Critic Consensus: Wormwood's real-life mystery unfolds in hypothetical tendrils guided by Errol Morris' singular vision and style that will keep viewers engaged despite the four-hour run time.


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Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris' legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States' darkest secrets.


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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16)

It's a true-crime documentary with a terminal case of Netflix bloat; an investigation into a heavily reported subject that ultimately yields no new information.

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

A fascinating piece of filmmaking that challenges the form in new ways as it recalls themes its director has been interested in his entire career.

December 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A hybrid blend of documentary and Cold War thriller that makes The B-Side, Morris's loving portrait of radical photographer Elsa Dorfman earlier this year, look almost straightforward.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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But then Morris also includes recurring fictionalized sequences - not the generic reenactments we tend to find in average cable documentaries, but artful scripted pieces featuring well-known actors, led by Peter Sarsgaard as Frank Olson.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Their testimonies unfolds alongside a series of dramatic reenactments that may or may not illustrate the precise nature of the events being described. The result is a documentary-fiction combination like nothing seen before.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Errol Morris's new docu-drama examines the 1953 death of CIA biochemist Frank Olson in obsessive, claustrophobic detail.

December 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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