The Cult of the Suicide Bomber
The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (2006)

In this documentary exploring the origins and motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber, former CIA spy Robert Baer (the basis for George Clooney's character in the film Syriana) travels to the Middle East to investigate the root of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The film effectively tracks the modern history of the insidious trend.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

An engrossing if intellectually thin documentary that purports to explain how suicide bombing evolved from a weapon of war into a weapon of terror.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Our Puritan forefathers -- not to mention the small but growing sect of Christian "Dominionists" in this country -- might well understand the revivalist impulse.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A fascinating history of how blowing yourself up became a popular hobby in the Muslim world.

John Anderson
Newsday

[Robert] Baer's Tocquevillean tour is a spare but indispensable political-cultural exposť of a country and region poised to play an increasing and increasingly troubling role in the history of our own.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

An intriguingly idiosyncratic and highly personal filmed essay on the phenomenon of militarized Orwellian death cultists.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Narrator Robert Baer tries to understand why humans would give up their lives to take those of others, and he's gained remarkable access to those at the center of this ideology.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Thoughtful, incisive, controversial docu.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

While not dramatic like 'Syriana,' Baer's doc provides provocative commentary on the motivations of these 'martyrs.'

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