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A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian causalities as well as footage of American POWs, the station has revealed (and continues to show the world) everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration did not want it to see.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"The optimistic viewer will see in all this blunt and messy contrariness the emergence of the first free press in the Arab world."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Modest in scope and not as well structured as it could have been, 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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Fascinating documentary for mature older teens+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Explores the difficulties that journalists face in a war situation better than most films do."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Movies don't reveal the truth, but good ones like this can provide an intimate and nuanced glimpse at some alternative reality."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Given that most Americans know the network only by reputation, or via Donald Rumsfeld's public denunciations of it, a little more objective information would not have gone amiss."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"More illuminating than not, and shines its brightest light on a truth that war and warmongers so ferociously ignore: Look hard into the other's camp and what you'll likely see is yourself."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
""Control Room" acknowledges wartime journalism sits between objectivity and propaganda, indifference and passion. Neutrality doesn't exist; to avoid gore is a stance. In a way, it's TV's true reality - the impossibility of objective footage of horror."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Em um ano que gerou ótimos filmes como F9/11, Bush's Brain, The Hunting of the President e Outfoxed, este ainda se destaca como o mais eloqüente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Yes, the filmmakers ultimately lean left, but it's the U.S. military's PR guy, Josh Rushing, who stands out as the strongest and most likable personality."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Noujaim's documentary is clearly sympathetic to the journalists of Al-Jazeera, who all seem to be professional, intelligent and reasonable, but it is not blindly biased."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Noujaim's eye-opening documentary consistently asks the tough questions, while giving its subjects (and, implicitly, the audience) a remarkable forum for discussion."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Is simply up to what all journalists should be about in the face of a corporatized, monolithic media - ruffling feathers. This advisory couldn't have come sooner."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"[E]xplodes the myth of objectivity... [but] leaves you with the very hopeful feeling that there's a wide middle ground that has room for all perspectives."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Iraqis don't question the military power of the U.S., but rightly have plenty of evidence to question its wisdom"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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