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  • Summary: Death of a President follows the investigation of the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush in October 2007. Combining real archival footage with a credible but fictional story, this film presents a fascinating and thought-provoking political thriller. (Newmarket Films)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. The movie IS a provocation, but not a glib or ideologically myopic one.
  2. 75
    Many of its fiercest detractors may be surprised to find that it's a far more sobering piece of speculative fiction than they might have imagined.
  3. 75
    Is it a worthwhile movie? Yes, for the most part.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Politically noncommittal and dull. But that's exactly the problem with this 90-minute piece of cinematic trompe l'oeil.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Turns out to be rather less than the sum of its headlines.
  6. By the end, there's nothing to admire except Range's technical virtuosity.
  7. 12
    The only thing that's shocking about Death of a President is how boring it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Michael
    Oct 30, 2006
    9
    A fine film that's only slightly about a Bush assassination. It's more about the nation he (and we) made. The crime's aftermath turns into a rather profound cross between "Rashomon" and 1940s film noir. It ultimately suggests that almost anyone might have had some motive, and might have shared some of the culpability. Expand
  2. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    9
    Great documentary style movie portraying the hypothetical day of assassination of president G.W. Bush in the future. It's a movie-statement that sets new boundaries and redefines the documentary genre. Expand
  3. WillB.
    Mar 1, 2007
    8
    I have to say that the number of Americans, primarily, that are so DEEPLY offended by a work of FICTION involving the death of one person, who's ultimately responsible for the deaths of 10's of 1000's, is kind of puzzling. Hillary C. voices her outrage, as does the reviewer above from Ohio, (06's 'Florida' to ensure coup #2). It's a work of fiction about one sorry excuse of a human dying! Who cares what his position in life is!? Why does that elevate the mere premise of this event to such levels of horror and outrage? Why isn't this level of OUTRAGE being voiced at images of thousands of ACTUAL, not fictional,Soldiers, or of over 60,000 regular people like myself and this reviewer, all dying over the last 4 years for an illegal war? This movie, while giving a sobering WARNING to any wing nuts who think the death of the Puppet Boy would be a GREAT thing, doesn't strike me as some unimaginable horror, just a "What If?" piece of fiction. That the aforementioned wing nuts could use this movie to teach themselves that the alternative to Bush, an unfettered Darth Cheney, would be FAR worse, perhaps if anything, this film will actually prove to give Duh-Byuh a little more protection from the Timmothy McVeigh segment of the population. Cuz WHO isn't scared of Darth Cheney? Expand
  4. MellowKitty
    Oct 23, 2006
    7
    I thought this was both well-made and thought-provoking. At the beginning, you think that the film may turn out to be a pro-Bush, pro-Patriot Act screed. In the end, however, it raises many questions about how America is waging the so-called War on Terrorism. Expand
  5. JasonL.
    Nov 5, 2006
    6
    Entertainment wise, I think the very premise of this film doomed it from the beggining. It became distracting when one found himself trying to separate fact from fiction. Additionally, the movie lacked elements that make a good movie: plot, protagonists, action, drama. I did appreciate however, the intelligence that went behind making the film. It did NOT endorse the death of Bush, but rather looked at the world had as if he had died. It did make me think about how many people think a dead president will benifit or destroy this country, and I believe the movie is directed at them. Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Apr 10, 2007
    4
    Rather than emulate(to a certain degree) Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line", this filmmaker misses a golden opportunity to turn "Death of a President" into a full-blown propaganda film. Imagine if a Warren Commission-like report expressed on film were to broadcast on American airwaves in order to frame some innocent foreigner for the murder of President George Walker Bush. This mock-doc's agenda should've been to protect the killer(s) and hide the truth, instead we're subjected to a rambling(and boring) testimony of the case's history(there are too many suspects; too many dead ends) before an Iraqi male is brought to justice and charged with Bush's assasination. Because of his ethnicity, a canny filmmaker would try to frame him, but "Death of a President['s]" liberal heart bleeds too much on its sleeve and strives for exoneration, as a way to comment on racial profiling and the legalized tyranny of the Patriot Act. "Death of a President" doesn't do enough with its most valuable resource: Vice-President Dick Cheney. If the film insinuated that he took out a sitting president, now you're talking provocation. Expand
  7. RandyJ-RJ.
    Oct 29, 2006
    3
    If you like being politically bored by madman propaganda then go see this hate-eveyone-kill-everyone movie. It is simly wrong and ugly and turns out to be just short and dull. Why not watch it for free on You Tube? Expand

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