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The Unknown Known

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Errol Morris

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About the Movie

Now in theaters! Academy Award winner Errol Morris, using declassified memos, guides the notorious Don Rumsfeld through a historical and provocative discussion examining his career, philosophy and complex legacy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: By now the director's technique is so savvy, so confident in its visual layering and atmospheric assurance, even a dodgy, cagey camera subject such as Rumsfeld becomes movieworthy. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 17, 2014

Fresh: In short bursts, Rumsfeld is an engaging, witty personality. For the first half hour, no matter what your politics are, you will find yourself liking him. He's good company ... until he's not. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 3, 2014

Fresh: The only self-examination he ever subjects himself to would appear to involve a shaving mirror and lather. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Apr 3, 2014

Rotten: We get little in response from Rumsfeld but a demonstration of his cunning at parrying, dodging, and twisting queries. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr 4, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Wow. I’m blown away by this movie. I love Errol Morris, so seeing this was a no brainer but seriously, Donald Rumsfeld as a subject turned out to be fascinating. As someone who only saw Rummy’s reign during Bush 2 this was an outstanding history lesson, as well as look into the psycho himself. Errol Morris gives him the rope and Rumsfeld twists that rope into a million words and hangs himself with it; he truly reveals the mania behind the man. The images are provocative and the score keeps the film going in a perfect way. I highly recommend this to all, especially those interested in filmmaking, politics, and lunacy!

That smirk!

Loved this doc. Errol Morris does it again. A definite must watch to see how this cat-and-mouse game plays out.

Known knowns

Rumsfeld educates throughout the show. He points out that even years later, the decisions Bush2 made have not been reneged so they must have been right. Morris clearly is antagonistic which serves as more credit to Rumsfeld for explaining decisions to a hostile audience.

The Unknown Known
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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