Control Room
Control Room (2004)

A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fascinating, enlightening behind-the-scenes look at the Al Jazeera network.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The optimistic viewer will see in all this blunt and messy contrariness the emergence of the first free press in the Arab world.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Modest in scope and not as well structured as it could have been, Control Room may not seem all that compelling 10 years down the road. But right now, at this very moment, it is essential, imperative viewing.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Fascinating documentary for mature older teens+.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Given that most Americans know the network only by reputation, or via Donald Rumsfeld's public denunciations of it, a little more objective information would not have gone amiss.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

More illuminating than not, and shines its brightest light on a truth that war and warmongers so ferociously ignore: Look hard into the other's camp and what you'll likely see is yourself.

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Nick Rogers

"Control Room" acknowledges wartime journalism sits between objectivity and propaganda, indifference and passion. Neutrality doesn't exist; to avoid gore is a stance. In a way, it's TV's true reality - the impossibility of objective footage of horror.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Noujaim's documentary is clearly sympathetic to the journalists of Al-Jazeera, who all seem to be professional, intelligent and reasonable, but it is not blindly biased.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Noujaim's eye-opening documentary consistently asks the tough questions, while giving its subjects (and, implicitly, the audience) a remarkable forum for discussion.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Is simply up to what all journalists should be about in the face of a corporatized, monolithic media - ruffling feathers. This advisory couldn't have come sooner.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Brilliant documentary that chroniclers the start of the Iraq on the Arab side. With interviews from Al Jazaeera, we get a glimpse into the war that we've… More
John Ballantine
I have always had this fascination with Al-Jazeera and haven't made up my mind whether they are a beneficial organization or not. This film is the best… More
Emily Armstrong
I did not know what this movie was about goin in, but I really liked it. I thought it was very refreshing to see a new take on the media and its coverage of the… More
Curt C
After you watch Control Room, you'll be entertained, educated, and you'll think of the world in a completey different way. This is positiviely… More
Neum Daddy
Wrote the following "Fall Film 2004" piece for a newsletter at work a week and a half ago (as I've already seen some of the films in the Preview… More
Kyle Meisch
Valuable for the authentic interviews it provides & the relatively balanced look at the subject. I liked seeing how the American military man's… More