Reviews: Dirty Wars (2013)

dirty_warsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A shocking documentary about secret US counter-terrorist operations around the world that have made us masters of war in the eyes of African warlords and others.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s plenty here about which to be outraged, but that’s too simple for director Richard Rowley.
  • John Gilpatrick @ John Likes Movies
    • Excerpt: Dirty Wars is a devastating experience—a film that chews up your hopeful, idealistic illusions regarding American leadership, spits them out, and leaves a cruise-missile-sized hole in your heart for good measure.
  • Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
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  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Dirty Wars is a brave and powerful documentary, which highlights some horrible truths about American foreign policy and the conspiracy of silence that surrounds it. It needs to be seen because the information it presents need to be known.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The execution of Dirty Wars is just so flat, so wooden, and so inconceivably boring that it’s hard to imagine anyone being inspired to act beyond giving the film some marginally positive rating on Netflix because the subject matter itself is worthy of attention.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: There are, of course, no easy answers to the questions that Dirty Wars raises, but the answers it does uncover serve up a disturbing pathology that continually feeds itself and costs lives as the War on Terror trudges on.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Dirty Wars as a film is very compelling and at times saddening, but it’s even more commendable as an example of good and focused journalism.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: Dirty Wars is an amazing piece of investigative journalism that slugs you right in the gut, then kicks you a few times while you’re down.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: “Dirty Wars” may lack the nuance and design of an Errol Morris documentary, but it is nonetheless the most important and searing documentary of 2013. See it. Talk about it.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Director Rowley’s reliance on visual and aural cliches induces eye-rolling when the feature should be involving.

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