The Cult of the Suicide Bomber
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The Cult of the Suicide Bomber
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 the chilling "pathological virus" that has driven many desperate fanatics to seek honor and glory through death and destruction. From the 13-year-old boy that would serve as the world's first suicide bomber during the Iran-Iraq War to the truck bombers of South Lebanon and the modern-day "martyrs" who strap themselves with explosives… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film effectively tracks the modern history of the insidious trend."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"An engrossing if intellectually thin documentary that purports to explain how suicide bombing evolved from a weapon of war into a weapon of terror."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Our Puritan forefathers -- not to mention the small but growing sect of Christian "Dominionists" in this country -- might well understand the revivalist impulse."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Former CIA agent Robert Baer, whose memoir See No Evil was the basis for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film Syriana, narrates this chilling expose of that most terrifying of modern terrorists: the suicide bomber."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A fascinating history of how blowing yourself up became a popular hobby in the Muslim world."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"[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."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"An intriguingly idiosyncratic and highly personal filmed essay on the phenomenon of militarized Orwellian death cultists."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"Baer dutifully outlines the tactic's 30-year evolution from a battlefield weapon of war to a civilian-targeting, chaos-seeking weapon of terror."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Thoughtful, incisive, controversial docu."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"While not dramatic like 'Syriana,' Baer's doc provides provocative commentary on the motivations of these 'martyrs.'"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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