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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January 24, 2004
Morris has learned a lot over the years about how to tell a story while gradually unveiling a personality. But I wish I had a better notion of what story he's trying to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2004
Awash in artsy-farsty tinsel, The Fog Of War is full of shiny surfaces and missed opportunities. It's the cinematic equivalent of a Sharper Image catalog.
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.
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
March 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
December 19, 2003
Mesmerizing stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 18, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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-
January 23, 2004
The effect of The Fog of War is to impress upon us the frailty and uncertainty of our leaders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2003
By asking the right questions and guiding the interview into compelling territory, Morris has produced one of 2003's most memorable documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2004
A provocative case study in power and the powerful.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: A
December 29, 2003
Truly remarkable - a history lesson, a mea culpa and one last chance to discuss a pivotal era with someone who was actually there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 13, 2004
A fascinating ride through U.S. war history's choppy waters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2004
A fascinating look at a proud, stern, media-savvy giant of a man not so much interested in atoning for past sins as lecturing us about the inherent flaws of human nature.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 19, 2003
This understandably ambivalent portrait of McNamara challenges conventional wisdom about the man and his place in history.
December 22, 2003
Thumbs way up for this film.
February 5, 2004
Morris' smart, argumentative film is deceptively simple.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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-
February 28, 2004
What McNamara says may not shake me to my very soul, but it's assembled as sharply and savvily as a documentary-viewer could want.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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