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American Dharma (2019)

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Critic Consensus: American Dharma offers a fascinating glimpse of a political influencer's public persona - and a frustrating missed opportunity to interrogate his actions and stated beliefs.

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Focusing on the alt-right figurehead and former advisor to Donald J.Trump, Stephen K.Bannon this interview-style documentary reviews the controversial tactics and associations he employed in the realm of politics in the past, and his present day opinions on the American economy.

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Give 'em enough rope, as they say. It's become increasingly fashionable to twist or ignore facts, but it's still important to present them for all to see.

December 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bannon has trafficked in racism, far-right conspiracy theories and other controversies during his career. Morris brings up some of it... but rarely nails Bannon with a tough follow-up question.

December 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon - a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political advisor that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the journalistic equivalent of Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, and while Bannon is far too media-savvy to be one of Morris' best subjects, he doesn't clamp down tight, the way Rumsfeld did.

November 3, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A rather florid, disjointed conversation, one where Morris' attempts to challenge and confront Bannon feels mostly cathartic for the filmmaker, ultimately, without yielding much additional insight to understanding Bannon that hasn't already been said.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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