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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    To extend the boxing analogy, it's as if Morris, after getting pummeled for 12 rounds, just taps Rumsfeld with his finger - and scores a knockout. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This film, which might have been called "The Fog of Words," isn't haunting, but dismaying. Mr. Rumsfeld is, as always, articulate, energetic and self-confident. Yet his words suggest a paradox — a restless mind with no discernible gift for self-reflection. show more

  • 50
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's hard to know whom to blame for this futile exercise: Morris or Rumsfeld. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Intoxicating, and at times maddening, to watch. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    An unsuccessful attempt to get inside the head, under the skin or through the looking glass of Bush administration Secretary of Defense and Iraq War proponent Donald Rumsfeld. show more

  • 72

    The Fog of War is the superior film, but The Unknown Known is more unsettling. show more

  • 88
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    “The Fog of War” (2003), about McNamara, won Morris a best documentary feature Oscar. The Unknown Known takes its title from a favorite phrase of Rumsfeld. It also accurately describes its subject, whose smiling inscrutability makes him consistently fascinating and often maddening. show more

  • 88

    Amounts to a valuable if tremendously damning commentary on our current political culture. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Focusing on Rumsfeld’s 2001-06 stint at the Pentagon, Morris scrutinizes his rhetoric and rationale for attacking Iraq and Afghanistan. Tactics and costs take a back seat to semantics. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's still worth seeing. This ambitious and powerful sphinx, a major force in a particular chunk of recent history, may not give away much. Watching and listening to how he doesn't give it away — that's the known known here. show more

  • March 29, 2014 twalsh4440
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    Great man Don he didn't need the JOB but out of Love did it. Thanks Great American not Illiterate, Racist, Stupid, Liars, Extrosionists like most Democrats today

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