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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: 100
- Fresh: 83
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Much against Rumsfeld's will, what the film inevitably reveals, in Morris' words, is "a man using language to obscure the world from himself as well as from others."
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.
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.
Rotten: We get little in response from Rumsfeld but a demonstration of his cunning at parrying, dodging, and twisting queries.
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.
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!
Historically important. Thought Morris would portray Rumsfeld as a NeoCon idiot - to the contrary, Rumsfeld appears to have a broader understanding of how the world operates than the interviewer suggests. Errol seems emotional, Rumsfeld remains analytical and precise in language. It is what it is.....great historical documentary.
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2013
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