Taking Liberties
Taking Liberties (2007)

Filmmaker Chris Atkins uses his documentary Taking Liberties to make a case for the erosion of civil liberties in the administration of prime minister Tony Blair. Atkins uses a combination of archival and interview footage to reveals a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 8, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

'Taking Liberties' seems designed as a campaign aid and intended - in its careful exclusion of over-heated or passionate voices - as a putative appeal to slumbering Middle England.

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Anna Smith
BBC.com

Speaking out against the proposed identity card scheme, Taking Liberties is both a call to action and a warning against a future where the current restrictions escalate into a Big Brother society.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent

"The most important film of the decade", this calls itself, though "most self-righteous" might be closer to the truth.

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Daily Mirror [UK]

The film plays like an absurdist drama set in a state that more closely resembles Zimbabwe than the home of freedom. Watch it and get angry

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Steve Watson
Film4

We are the checks and balances on government, and while a slightly more restrained, finessed film may have carried that message more effectively, Taking Liberties will inspire many viewers to reconsider their responsibilities and those of their government

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Neil Smith
Total Film

Though its arguments are somewhat woolly and its use of dual narrators (David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen) dubious, this remains a powerful call-to-arms against an insidious foe.

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Ross Collins
A brilliantly researched and produced documentary about erosion of civil liberties under New Labour. Unfortunately all the right people aren't going to see… More