Why We Fight
Why We Fight (2006)

"Why We Fight" is an unflinching look at the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase "military industrial… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A provocative and timely film that explores the military/industrial complex and the motivating forces that lead us to war.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

Ultimately, Why We Fight reveals itself as yet another leftie doc with an anti-war agenda. But the mere fact that it takes time to ask questions and listen to opposing viewpoints sets it apart from the pack.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The fact is, Jon Stewart on The Daily Show uncovers this same hypocrisy every night, and does it in two minutes with irony and humor, while Why We Fight attempts it with outrage and scolding.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

If the director occasionally strays into bombast, . . .he still manages to make a strong case for war between democracy and capitalism, two systems conjoined in Western thought, but now terribly at odds.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A film that stands out for its passion, ambition and clarion-call sincerity, even amid the contemporary onslaught of political documentaries.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight takes on enough subjects to make five great documentaries, but as a result is so scattered that it doesn't quite make for one good one.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

Left-leaning audiences will readily agree with it, but the lack of ideas on how to take on such an enormous enterprise as the military-industrial complex limits the film's intrusion into reality.

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Time Out

Extremely timely and urgently relevant.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Surely, Jarecki's expose is an engrossing and startling documentary, but it never gives those who keep up with world events something they haven't known for years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Why We Fight discusses America's need to defend the world through war. This is a very interesting documentary that features great interviews by Gore Vidal,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Why We Fight" is an informative but flawed documentary, that despite providing a comprehensive history lesson through talking… More
Daniel Perry
A documentary-by-numbers, in a sense, and about the Iraq War mostly, but I found this to be as much about Eisenhower than anything else, which was great,… More
Alec Barniskis
Half of the documentary is about the mishandling of the Iraq war, and the other is a attempted in-depth analysis of the terrifying alliance between the… More
Michael S
Good documentary with some great moments of emotional power, but it doesn't say all that much new about the current state of the USA that hasn't… More
Marcus Woolcott
Why does America always fight? Because it's good business.