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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.


Peter Sarsgaard
as Frank Olson
Molly Parker
as Alice Olson
Christian Camargo
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Scott Shepherd
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Tim Blake Nelson
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Jimmi Simpson
as CIA Agent
Bob Balaban
as Dr. Harold A. Abramson
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Wormwood is not only a fascinating and frightening look into covert homeland operations that took place during America's Red Scare, it's also a moving portrait of a son who never really knew his father.

January 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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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