The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara Reviews

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December 18, 2017
Although Errol Morris's film takes us through the nasty dramas behind various wars, few of McNamara's clarifications come as a surprise.
September 24, 2010
It's difficult to imagine anyone from George W. Bush's administration coming forth with such awe-inspiring, agenda-free candor, contrition, insight and misgivings about America's foreign policy. A documentary about morals, respect and blind luck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 7, 2009
A great and disturbing film.
May 10, 2009
This is the most culturally significant documentary imaginable and should be mandatory for repeated viewing by all public officials the world over.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 21, 2007
Even handed, but never to a fault, this critical and at times even touching examination of Robert McNamara's life and role in the Cold War is as brilliant as I hoped it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2006
[It] raise[s] complex questions about man's role in that most awful and inherent of human characteristics: our penchant for war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2005
When it comes to war, Robert S. McNamara wants us to know that our history with war has taught us plenty. Not that we've learned much from it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 3, 2005
A fascinating look into the mind of one of 20th century America's most controversial military figures
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 8, 2005
McNamara makes a very human monster, a flawed man who regrets that "in order to do good you have to be willing to do evil."
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2004
a deeply felt testament of a man struggling to wring meaning and redemption out of history's hard, unyielding surfaces
| Original Score: 5/5
August 5, 2004
The images and music combine with McNamara's voice and expressions to create a tapestry of a life lived toughly through a world that has looked over the edge at hell itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
July 9, 2004
Morris seems to go deep. But does he? The film is Morris's but the message McNamara's... The film is effective emotionally -- sometimes unbearably so. Intellectually...?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 19, 2004
Fascinating look at an influential old man looking back on his life, enlivened by strong graphics and news footage, with a great Philip Glass score.
| Original Score: A
May 13, 2004
It should be required viewing for Bush and Rumsfeld.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 9, 2004
His accounts are thought provoking and timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2004
An engrossing and illuminating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2004
I'm dismayed when movies like this come along, because they deserve to be seen. But audiences generally don't give them what they deserve.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
March 31, 2004
This brilliant, uncompromising film should be seen by everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 18, 2004
Morris' recent win of the Best Documentary Oscar was well deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2004
With The Fog of War the human frailties of power and policy are brought into focus with our current situation. Who else is freaked out?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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