The War Room
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A look inside the 1992 presidential race, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hedgus' documentary The War Room explores the backstage side of national politics by examining the day-to-day operations of Bill Clinton's campaign staff. The behind-the-scenes leader of the group is James Carville, the demonstrative, charismatic campaign manager who relies on a plain-speaking manner and emotional appeals to motivate his subordinates. He is complemented by the quieter, smoother personality and photogenic looks of young press spokesman George Stephanopoulous. The filmmakers follow these two contrasting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a testament to the supreme skills of Hegedus and Pennebaker that they managed to craft a film that so easily could have gone astray."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"Politics as sporting event run by wonks. Fascinating but repellent in trademark Pennebaker-Hegedus fashion."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Backroom politics has now been exposed-a high stakes game, but no mystery."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It's so intoxicating that sometimes it's easy forget we are, in effect, watching a couple of pitch men selling that year's newest brand of soap."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"An invaluable record of Bill Clinton's unlikely rise to the White House."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Illustrates in often amusing detail how the Clinton team managed to overcome petty hostilities and seize the day -- and the White House."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A top documentary; behind the scenes at how a political campaign is run."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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