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The Hunting of the President
From the best-selling book by journalists Gene Lyons and Joe Conason comes The Hunting of the President, a documentary by filmmakers Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry. Going back to Bill Clinton's time as Governor of Arkansas and tracing through his impeachment while President of the United States, the Morgan Freeman-narrated film attempts to shed light on the alleged organized campaign to topple the charismatic statesman. Along the way, Thomason and Perry attempt to explore on a more general level the effect and influence of the media and slander-machines on contemporary politics.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a movie that desperately wants to be jazzy and light on its feet, it's sadly heavy-handed."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Offers a lesson for both parties about what can happen when powerful forces unite to bring down a politician."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"One doesn't have to like Bill or Hillary Clinton ... to conclude that the enemies of the president were overzealous."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's presented well and doesn't feature anything like Moore's increasingly off-putting brand of sarcastic humor."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Once you've accepted the basic allegiances of the movie ... it imparts a historical value even its partisan smugness can't negate."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"What comes across most strongly is how utterly trivial so much of this story now seems. Can we really have spent all that time, money and energy chewing over a land deal and worrying about a presidential dalliance?"
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"There's wit, revelation and mercifully, more about Whitewater than Monica Lewinsky."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Galling to the abused outrage assimilator."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"rightfully questions the underbelly of American politics and examines the scandal mongering of mainstream journalism in the wake of a right-wing media manipulation"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The filmmakers here don't rely on their own personal opinions and biases as much as they deal with simple facts and statistics documented in archival news footage, freely available in the public domain."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Marred by juvenile editing tricks and a relentless advocacy tone on behalf of Clinton, the film is like a scent of incense that takes you back in time, but leaves out meaning or context."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Feels defensive and belated."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"A good primer for anyone not familiar with the whole complicated Whitewater investigation."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Makes a highly compelling case for the sheer amount of energy that went into trying to bring down Clinton by any means necessary, be it a shady land deal or a stained blue dress."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Too cheesy and clumsy to have earned a theatrical booking outside of a few film festivals and fund-raisers without the profitable precedent of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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