The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is the sole focus of documentarian Errol Morris' The Fog of War, a film that not only analyzes McNamara's controversial decisions during the first half of the Vietnam War, but also his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

For those of my generation, the true resonance in the film may be in the constant juxtaposition between the then and the now of the McNamara life.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A provocative case study in power and the powerful.

Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

Although Errol Morris's film takes us through the nasty dramas behind various wars, few of McNamara's clarifications come as a surprise.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Mesmerizing documentary.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Fascinating documentary about Robert S. McNamara.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

It's difficult to imagine anyone from George W. Bush's administration coming forth with such awe-inspiring, agenda-free candor, contrition, insight and misgivings about America's foreign policy. A documentary about morals, respect and blind luck.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

What's genuinely suspenseful about the movie is its journey into the heart and mind of McNamara.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

An insanely timely cautionary tale about American omniscience and the fallible belief that rationality will always win out.

Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A great and disturbing film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A mesmerizing, slightly offbeat documentary from the great Errol Morris ("The Thin Blue Line") concerning former Secretary of Defense Robert S.… More
Jeremy Smith
Ranks amongst the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. More than a Vietnam War or politics or war itself, The Fog of War is a testimony to the life… More
Jim Hunter
Robert McNamara explains his life during the two World Wars and the Vietnam War. For those of us who are students of history but didn't live during the… More
Mike S
The actual subject itself, which this documentary revolved around, wasn't really all that captivating to me. The reason for that is the simple fact that it… More
Ken Stachnik
Not a whole lot to say other than see it!
Morgan Griffith-David
Far scarier than a horror movie.