The Trials of Henry Kissinger
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

The Trials of Henry Kissinger is a documentary based on Christopher Hitchens' controversial book about the Nobel Laureate and famous U.S. diplomat. Filmmakers Eugene Jarecki and Alex Gibney thoroughly examine Kissinger's life and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This compelling unauthorized biography takes a muckraker's view of the controversial diplomat.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

In a larger sense, this powerfully muckraking film is about the accountability of public figures and about how, in regard to international justice, there can be no exceptions.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Fascinating to watch as a portrait of political celebrity and ego.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

An Incendiary piece of a rather innocuous order

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Even if the case against Kissinger is not fully convincing, the documentary keeps you glued to your seat and thinking long after you've left the theater.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A stunning and overwhelmingly cogent case for Kissinger as a calculating war criminal.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Much of Kissinger's career has been spent smoothing the way for rich industrialists, ambitious rightwing politicos, military men, and, of course, himself.

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Steven Rosen
Denver Post

The film is insightful about Kissinger's background and history.

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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

While the filmmaking is standard documentary fare and the approach overtly biased, the narration, with tales of intelligence intrigue and ruthless foreign policy, is compelling and convincing.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

provocative study

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
It makes a strong (if pretty one sided) case against Kissinger, who has maintained a strangely high degree of respect and admiration in many circles. I'm… More

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