100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Anyone with any doubt as to the importance, in a functioning democracy, of American newspapers - with working newsrooms full of professional, paid journalists - needs to see this movie.
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100

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
An exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Suffers from several goofily tacky animated reenactments and a music score that unnecessarily underlines the significance of key events, but for those who lived through the turmoil of Vietnam, and for the generations that have come since, the film is an important document in its own right.
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88

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Manages to be both engrossing history and astonishingly germane to present-day political debates.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Ends on a note of triumphant populism, but the film’s bitter aftertaste hints that when we ignore the details, we only ensure they’ll be repeated.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Those who lived through the Vietnam War era, and paid attention, will find this documentary short on revelation but long on poignant reminders.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a skillful, well-made film, although, since Ellsberg is the narrator, it doesn't probe him very deeply.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Offers a brisk and eye-opening approach to recent history. The title, by the way, comes from Henry Kissinger.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It's a bit surprising that a documentary with such an unwieldy title offers such a streamlined and resonant account of history.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
His “treason” gave credence to ending the war, helped push a corrupt administration toward its ruin and underlined the importance of the First Amendment. Rickety doc or not, Ellsberg deserves every ounce of hero worship he gets here.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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