The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair represents a follow-up to husband-and-wife filmmaking team Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's critically-worshipped, defiantly nonpartisan documentary Gunner Palace (2004), on the… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

... a chillingly pitch-black comedy of errors ...

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's an angry story, but also a strangely hopeful one, in the sense of new life sprouting through a battlefield. Above all, it's personal and specific, and that is news we can use.

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Beverly Berning

The American military comes across as bungling and ineffective as protectors. If people thought we didn't know what we were doing in Iraq before, this is yet more evidence of our incompetence.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Abbas'] story demands to be heard, though Tucker and Epperlein lack the material for a full feature and pad this out to 73 minutes with some incongruously playful elements.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The Prisoner doesn't try to put the entire war in context or offer broad solutions. It's a focused slice of the war, covering an issue that you've probably wondered about but haven't seen in many other places.

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Jette Kernion

I would have preferred a clearer narrative that was easier to understand, without all the comic-book gimmicks. Despite those faults, the documentary is worth seeing.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Abbas could tell his interrogators nothing they wanted to know, but everything we needed to know about their tactics.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A modestly mounted, but curiously poignant little documentary which somehow -- quietly, devastatingly -- shows and tells you more than you may perhaps want to know about the dehumanization implicit in the mighty, blighted Iraqi adventure.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

The filmmaker's methodology backfires by undercutting the credibility of the testimony presented and overshadowing any actual miscarriage of justice.

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[font=Century Gothic]"The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" is an eye-opening documentary about Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas… More
William Goss
Interesting Iraq story marred by comic book motif.