The Trials of Henry Kissinger
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The Trials of Henry Kissinger
This incisive documentary offers a sobering portrait of statesman Henry Kissinger, quite possibly the most powerful and influential diplomat in U.S. government in the latter half of the 20th century. Based on the book of nearly the same name by journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens (the slender volume goes with the singularized Trial), the movie takes on the form of a legal argument, bringing forward case studies that aim to illuminate Hitchens' claims against Kissinger. Among the significant events in Kissinger's career that the movie tackles are his purported secret diplomacy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a larger sense, this powerfully muckraking film is about the accountability of public figures and about how, in regard to international justice, there can be no exceptions."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Fascinating to watch as a portrait of political celebrity and ego."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Much of Kissinger's career has been spent smoothing the way for rich industrialists, ambitious rightwing politicos, military men, and, of course, himself."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Directly charging him with mass murder, the film colors Kissinger as a secretive, paranoid, duplicitous megalomaniac who rose to political superstardom while literally--the movie claims--getting away with decisions that left hundreds of thousands dead."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"At best, The Trials of Henry Kissinger constitutes an indictment, not a conviction."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Even if the case against Kissinger is not fully convincing, the documentary keeps you glued to your seat and thinking long after you've left the theater."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A stunning and overwhelmingly cogent case for Kissinger as a calculating war criminal."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"provocative study"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The strange and engaging tale of this deepvoiced (deep-throated?) diplomat."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"This documentary, far from a trial and not for geeks only, presents a focused, ferocious attack on a beloved target long overdue for his comeuppance."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"The film is insightful about Kissinger's background and history."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"An Incendiary piece of a rather innocuous order"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A fast-paced documentary that entertains as it informs."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Um retrato fundamental do homem que certamente deve ser uma espécie de 'mentor espiritual e intelectual' de genocidas como Rumsfeld, Rice e cia.."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Jarecki and Gibney do find enough material to bring Kissinger's record into question and explain how the diplomat's tweaked version of statecraft may have cost thousands and possibly millions of lives."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lybarger Links
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