Dirty Wars
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (c) Official FB

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
""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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A tense, shocking US documentary that plays out like an episode of The Wire, though in this case it's not a war on drugs that's being fought (and lost), but the war on terror."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"It makes you wonder - what don't we know?"
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This documentary is at least in theory non-political and not intended as overview of the past thirteen years. Instead, the filmmakers insist, it captures a moment in time on a downward spiral."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This is a very disturbing film. From a journalistic point of view, it would be better to have more documentation for the claims made in this film, but enough evidence is presented to raise concerns about these secret wars."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Government sanctioned atrocities and journalist Jeremy Scahill fight for top billing in this investigative doc."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"An infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Not quite as tight as it needs to be, especially when it comes to building links between its various strands, this is nevertheless an intriguing documentary which contains some powerful interview material."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"We should be shocked. But the camera is too busy making a hero of reporter-presenter Jeremy Scahill."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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