War Made Easy
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Author Norman Soloman teams with activist/actor Sean Penn to encourage critical thinking about media spin during wartime by introducing viewers to the techniques of war propaganda and seeing just how those techniques have been implemented from Vietnam to Iraq. Based on the best-selling book of the same title, War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death exposes the practice of promoting a prolonged policy of intrusive militarism under the patriotic banner of the "War on Terror." ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"makes its timely arguments with passion and conviction."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The doc is sobering, straightforward, and a bit drab, but to the participants' credit, it's also an entirely nonpartisan endeavor."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"It's too top heavy and just not clean."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Penetrating study of how the news media allowed themselves to be used as war propagandists in the run-up to the war in Iraq."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The arguments seem worth considering and the film makes for provocative viewing."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Conventional and one-sided."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Makes a strong case that when it comes to military action, the American public has been deceived by presidents from Lyndon Johnson on down the line to the current occupant of the White House."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A hard-hitting documentary against the madness of war and the failure of journalists to speak truth to power."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Killing for peace cleverly compared to fornicating for virginity."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"If you're a news junkie, you'll find nothing new: if not, this nicely-edited and eminently watchable doc will open your eyes."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death is a depressing look at political manipulation and news media compliance."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"While the film is intensely skeptical of the power elite, it has a refreshing faith in democracy."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"At only 73 minutes, the documentary is nowhere as detailed as Solomon's invaluable book but see it anyway, and don't get fooled again."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"War Made Easy contributes a significant argument and does a good enough job in a limited way."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"No distractions, no theatrics, no colorful personalities, just an efficiently produced documentary with a simple, direct and compelling argument."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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