• Released
  • May 7, 2010
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
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The Oath Synopsis
Two men's encounter in 1996 leads them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, and the Supreme Court.
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Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
This is a challenging, brilliantly constructed film that, despite its patience and quiet tone, is engrossing from its first moments,...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The hidden message of The Oath is so inescapable as to be Shakespearean: Character will out.
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83

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Her film is just as effective as a portrait of two unknowable, individual souls caught up in events of global scale.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
What emerges is an illuminating, though terribly dismaying, portrait of the War on Terror’s lasting effects. Whether one retreats or steps...
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80

Village Voice

Early in Laura Poitras's outstanding documentary The Oath, we learn that one of its subjects, Abu Jandal, a cabdriver living in Yemen, was...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
Jandal emerges as someone who was truly in Bin Laden's inner circle, Hamdan seems the menial driver he claimed to be. What remains...
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Quietly, the film makes the case that "enhanced interrogation techniques" were no enhancement. Interviewing jihadis "by the book," one...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Fascinating, however uneasy, viewing.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
At first, The Oath looks as though it will be a study of the soul-corroding effects of twisted ideology, but it emerges as the reverse.
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
By focusing on the human aspect of Al-Qaeda, The Oath does give the viewer something to think about, but the film is unsatisfying, raising...
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