Dirty Wars
Dirty Wars (2013)

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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some viewers may find fault with director Rick Rowley's filmmaking methods, but they aren't distracting enough to keep Dirty Wars from serving as a terribly compelling argument against elements of American foreign policy.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

[A] gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness.

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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.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

Dirty Wars is challenging in a way few films are.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It makes you wonder - what don't we know?

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

By emphasizing the human cost of the operation, Scahill and Rowling turn "blowback" into much more than an abstract military-political term.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Scahill is as much a liability onscreen as he is a fascinating source.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Some more of the same we've been through in the past.
KJ Proulx
Coming off as a bit preachy, "Dirty Wars" follows a man as he investigates wars around the world, coming up with his own acquisitions and theories on… More
Jim Hunter
Jeremy Scahill investigates the Obama Administration's covert wars in the Middle East. A scathing thesis-driven documentary that reveals corruption and… More
Walter M.
While some purists may have a problem with the spy thriller mise en scene in the powerful documentary "Dirty Wars," there is no denying the… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Scahill sets out to unravel the hidden truth behind a disturbing mystery in this always gripping documentary. Still, it is hard to shake the feeling that as a… More
Panta Oz
This documentary film is based on the book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill. The film is directed by Richard Rowley based on a… More