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Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 17, 2012
    70
    One need not fully subscribe to Peter Navarro's demonization to appreciate his lucid wake-up call to the imminent dangers of the huge U.S.-China trade imbalance and its disastrous impact on the American economy.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    It is also unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions, other than the usual "Call your Congressional representatives." But its message, despite the hyperbole, certainly warrants examination and discussion.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 22, 2012
    50
    Much of the argument Navarro assembles in Death by China is unassailable as to its basic facts, even if the tone and manner of presentation leave much to be desired.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 17, 2012
    50
    Full of legitimate, even urgent concerns but so garish in tone it encourages viewers to view it as propaganda, Peter Navarro's Death By China does a disservice to its message.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 14, 2012
    50
    The bulk of the film contains as much hysterical rhetoric as sober analysis.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 19, 2012
    38
    Further confirmation that agitprop documentaries have become wedded to a template that undermines their very arguments.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 22, 2012
    33
    These are all legitimate concerns, which Navarro supports with testimony from economists, politicians, union leaders, and businesspeople, but they're undermined at every point by a sky-is-falling hysteria that registers as white noise. It's the documentary equivalent of a raving street-corner derelict.
  8. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 23, 2012
    25
    The documentary tells us little we don't already know and is overwhelmingly one-sided. It would make a nice TV infomercial, but certainly doesn't deserve a big-screen release.

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