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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A vital, gripping film. show more

  • 65
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights — and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars. Short of pacifism, and given that there is no such thing as a truly clean war, what would count as an "acceptable" level of collateral damage? show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling. show more

  • 75
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    Ably leads us through its extensive investigation, faltering only when the camera lingers on Jeremy Scahill for a touch too long at the expense of his interview subjects. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    These wars being fought in our name may be dirty, but this courageous film reminds us that as long as we have a free press, they don’t have to be secret. show more

  • 75

    The reporter's story doesn't just hold water, it proven solid enough to provoke mainstream media appearances and Congressional investigations. As a result, even though the tale is urgently important, one still comes away with the sense that something valuable has been lost in the telling. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Dirty Wars leaves some deeper questions unexplored, mainly the philosophical struggle between security and secrecy, but makes up grandly with raw data and one correspondent’s passion. show more

  • 80
    Trevor Johnston Time Out London

    Even after The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, this brings us chillingly closer to the real story of the post-Iraq shitstorm. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    The movie has rather silly, Bourne-style thriller graphics, which are unnecessary: it has an important story to tell. show more

  • 60
    Total Film

    Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it’s chilling stuff. show more

  • February 27, 2014 ku00000000182740
    Report This User

    Americans needs to pay more attention to what their government is doing in their name. Dirty Wars is a wake up call.

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