(2005)

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Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
Jarecki is no glib ideologue thumbing his nose at power.
90
Variety
Picture sets the gold standard for political documentaries.
75
The A.V. Club
Ultimately, Why We Fight reveals itself as yet another leftie doc with an anti-war agenda. But the mere fact that it takes time to ask questions and listen to opposing viewpoints sets it apart from the pack.
75
In addition to the usual pontificators like Gore Vidal, whose world weariness has assumed Olympian proportions, the director provides interviews with such right-wing counterparts as Richard Perle and William Kristol. Nobody is allowed much time to develop an argument.
70
Village Voice
Jarecki's film forcefully argues that the much abused word FREEDOM cannot paper over the conflicts between capitalism and democracy.
70
The long line of recent muckraking documentaries that has preceded Why We Fight does nothing to diminish its force.
60
Newsweek
This scary, eye-opening documentary looks back from a post-9/11 vantage point to see how Ike’s prophecy has come horribly true.
50
Unconvincing and ineffective; the many patches of ideological montage, growing like kudzu throughout the film, weaken the impact of its best moments.
50
Mr. Jarecki forcefully, if not with wholesale persuasiveness, argues that our business is specifically war.
30
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Jarecki undercuts his own case -- not just undercuts but carpet-bombs it -- by using the same propaganda techniques he professes to abhor.

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