(2005)

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100
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Jarecki is no glib ideologue thumbing his nose at power.
88
Why We Fight deserves high praise for making it that much tougher to wear blinders.
88
An agit-doc of unusual depth. It has a point -- that the primary business of America over the past half-century has been waging war -- and it supports that point with nuance, research, and a willingness to hear the other side of the argument.
75
The result isn't quite a Michael Moore movie without the hubris, but it's reasonably close. It's thoughtful, and you have to take it seriously and with respect.
75
A somber polemic that presents a convincing case against using war as an economic booster -- although, Jarecki argues, that is precisely what the United States has been doing under every president since Truman.
75
New York Daily News
Whether we've reached the critical mass of "misplaced power" is the gist of the current national debate, and Why We Fight is a useful tool in that argument.
75
Miami Herald
There's no denying the particular political slant of Why We Fight, but Jarecki's thoughtful, nonconfrontational approach makes it absorbing viewing, regardless of whether or not you buy his arguments.
75
It's a deeply provocative piece of filmmaking.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The strength of this documentary lies in its balance, or at least the careful appearance of balance.
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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