Operation Filmmaker
Operation Filmmaker (2008)

Touched by the plight of an aspiring Iraqi filmmaker whose dreams of working in Hollywood seemed to fall with Baghdad, American filmmaker Liev Schreiber invites the ambitious wannabe director to intern on Everything Is Illuminated, to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Operation Filmmaker is a darkly funny, ironic tale of a cross-cultural exchange gone wrong.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

If learning about other cultures shows that we're all basically alike, Operation Filmmaker is a reminder that foreign countries have their own share of nitwits, too.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This gut punch of a documentary will knock you for a loop.

Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

An outrageous, fascinating study of the Hollywoodization of one man in progress.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

What might have been a vanity project emerges as a surprisingly complicated morality tale.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

An exit strategy in Iraq? This self-aware study shows how hard it'll be.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

What the film really spotlights is a cultural clash violently, awkwardly resisting the tenuous unifying powers of art. The Westerners -- including Davenport -- see in Muthana the protagonist.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Everyone here comes out smelling bad -- that's why the film's so good.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The whole film could be seen a metaphor for America's misadventures in Iraq: Schreiber and company came in expecting flowers and sweets from a grateful native, and wound up in a quagmire.

Rob Nelson
Film Comment Magazine

Nina Davenport's unapologetically cunning doc exceeds the sum of its parts to become almost unmanageably allegorical and even an indictment of its own shock-and-awe premise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
William Goss
Fascinating doc on a fledgling filmmaker squandering opportunity and stranded by global politics.