Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
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Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This story of one man's profound change of heart is also a piercing look at the world of government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president -- that goes to the Supreme Court -- this political thriller unravels a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For those who know the story, Most Dangerous Man puts it in fresh perspective. If you don't, there's probably not a better way to discover it."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The film is also an exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Daniel Ellsberg was the first insider to take his concerns outside. The results changed the course of the conversation, and a country."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Much research went into compiling the archival black and white news footage and photos along with audio from the Nixon White House tapes. This compelling film takes a cloak-and-dagger approach and is full of landmark historical events"
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"The makers of the Oscar-nominated documentary feature simply set up their cameras, and then just let the subject tell his own story in his own words."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This isn't a dusty chapter of ancient history, but a fresh, exciting story. Ellsberg, who worked as a defense analyst in the government-funded Rand Corp., emerges as a complex and contradictory character."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ehrlich and Goldsmith carve out their own little place in the canon by focusing on the ethical journey of one man who refused to shrug off his own responsibility for the war and atoned for it with a seismic act of civil disobedience."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"But because "Dangerous Man" sees the era through Ellsberg's eyes, and we hear the disgust in his voice as he describes his younger, gung-ho self, the film becomes a fascinating and clear-eyed self-portrait."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This is such a gripping yarn it plays more like a thriller than a documentary."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Revealing and exciting, even for those oldsters who know perfectly well how it will turn out."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"For those who lived through the turmoil of Vietnam, and for the generations that have come since, the film is an important document in its own right."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It is a skillful, well-made film, although, since Ellsberg is the narrator, it doesn't probe him very deeply. We see his version of himself."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stop me if you've heard this one, but sometimes politicians get us into wars that last forever and go nowhere under false pretenses."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"It's a bit surprising that a documentary with such an unwieldy title offers such a streamlined and resonant account of history."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"As a biography, it's sketchy (the impression we are left with is that Ellsberg is a near-saint). But as a personal take on a crucial chunk of American history, Dangerous is riveting."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press