100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Ferguson's film is a clear-sighted counterpoint to the former secretary of defense's impression. As the title suggests, it's a seemingly infinite mess.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The most coolheaded of the Iraq war documentaries, the most methodical and the least polemical. Yet it's the one that will leave audiences the most shattered, angry and astounded.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Ferguson spotlights two massive mistakes: the looting that was allowed to continue, destroying Iraqi infrastructure and morale; and--far more revelatory -- the apocalyptically stupid decision to disband the Iraqi army, sending half a million angry soldiers into the streets.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Who is Charles Ferguson, director of this film? A one-time senior fellow of the Brookings Institute, software millionaire, originally a supporter of the war, visiting professor at MIT and Berkeley, he was trustworthy enough to inspire confidences from former top officials.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
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88

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
The most remarkable aspect of Charles Ferguson's lacerating documentary about the U.S. invasion of Iraq is that the film contains virtually no new information, and yet its message is as compelling as if we were hearing it for the first time.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The anger that fuels Ferguson's film is felt in nearly every frame.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
May not offer up any fresh revelations, but this effectively assembled documentary puts it all in valuable, if depressing, perspective.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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