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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 100
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year’s most significant films. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    News management is the main issue. Control Room shows how coverage is tailored to fit the audience, both by al-Jazeera and its Western counterparts. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's strong stuff. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If her (Noujaim's) movie teaches us anything, it's that no reality remains unspun. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Scenes of dark humor abound as well, like the episode in which the gathered journalists react in fury when they are not provided with pictures of the infamous deck of playing cards depicting the "50 Most Wanted" Iraqi figures. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A riveting new documentary about the Arab-run Al Jazeera network, reminds us that news programming can vary so widely from place to place that journalistic myths of "objectivity" and "impartiality" seem more naive than ever. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    About the search for common ground, among journalists on all sides of the conflict and, through them, between viewers in America and the Arab world. Only within that common ground, Noujaim believes, can something like a workable, personal truth be found. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Control Room may not seem all that compelling 10 years down the road. But right now, at this very moment, it is essential, imperative viewing. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Control Room ends by acknowledging that independence, accuracy and even truth itself may be illusory. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's buried message is that there is a reservoir of admiration and affection for America, at least among the educated classes in the Arab world, and they do not equate the current administration with America. show more

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