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  • Summary: Michael Moore's searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. This movie, the subject of controversy, is a defiantly personal statement on what the war really is--laced with that now-familiar "Roger and Me" mix of homespun wit, pop culture playfulness, populist heart twisting and "gotcha" guerilla film-making tactics.
  2. 88
    A compelling, persuasive film, at odds with the White House effort to present Bush as a strong leader.
  3. This would be 10 times the movie if it featured an actual debate between Moore and Bush. Nonetheless, the man makes a remarkably strong case, tastefully inserting himself into the Bush-baiting only when necessary--one such stroke of brilliance involves personally urging congressmen to send their own kids to Iraq.
  4. 70
    Fahrenheit 9/11 offers the thrill of a coherent explanation for everything, but parts of the movie are no better than a wild, lunging grab at a supposed master plan. [28 June 2004, p. 108]
  5. 70
    If Moore is formidable, it's not because he is a great filmmaker (far from it), but because he infuses his sense of ridicule with the fury of moral indignation. Fahrenheit 9/11 is strongest when that wrath is vented on Bush and his cohorts.
  6. Aesthetically, this isn't a great documentary, although, during the first half, there are great moments in it. But the latter part is scattered and frenzied, rather like an excited dog tearing off after too many rabbits at once -- a thematic hunt that's all chase and scant context.
  7. 30
    Moore's supporters are quick to impugn the liberal credentials of anyone who criticizes his presentation of the information he digs up (or, in some cases, makes up). For them, Michael Moore is the issues he talks about, so his detractors must be enemies of democratic principles. It's an old trick, akin to the way Pauline Kael was accused of being insensitive about the Holocaust when she didn't like "Shoah."

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  1. StacieL.
    Apr 13, 2007
    I don't care if people think that Michael Moore has twisted facts and edited the footage to make George Bush look bad. Personally I think George did this himself. All that Michael did was give us facts, have his say on it and let us decide whether or not Bush was right about his actions. This film has made me open my eyes to the cruelness and the lies that's in the world. Expand
  2. NickA.
    Oct 10, 2006
    Never could one film have so polarized opinions on both sides of the political spectrum within the USA as this. Although some of Mr. Moore
  3. ProudCitizen
    Mar 27, 2007
    As mark twain said, and excuse me if I slightly misquote him: "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Courteous and respectful dissension and public discourse must always thrive in America, as they are the back-bone of our society. Our beautiful nation is not perfect, and thus it is our duty as informed and intelligent citizens to, at times, look upon America with a critical eye. We criticize in an effort to help this country grow. We all love America, and this best thing we can do to help it grow is to work together. We identify the missteps, and do our best right this country's course. Michael Moore in his own overly partisan, but adroit, way exposed this administrations hypocrisy and guile. Moore clearly shows how Bush and his political allies, through manipulation and trickery, lead this country into an interminable conflict in the Middle East. Bush purported that an invasion of Iraq was necessary in a larger war against terror, but, as Moore points out, any discernible observer clearly sees that this war is solely about control of Iraqi oil fields. Michael Moore reminds us that we must question and challenge our government to keep it on a rewarding and benevolent course. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2010
    A good documentary but your enjoyment of it will depend too much on how you feel about sensitive political issues. I believe that most of what is portrayed here is relevant and true and wish more people would at least have an open mind about this. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2013
    It's clear that Michael Moore often has his own agenda, but I'm sure if he could prove any of the things he says in this film, a lot of people would be in prison. Some things are VERY interesting and really makes you think, while other stuff is complete bull meant to serve his personal agenda, never the less, it was entertaining and it does gives you something to think about. Expand
  6. JoeS.
    Sep 24, 2007
    Anyone who voted this movie a "0" is completely wrong. I'm not saying that I believe everything this movie tells me, but I'm not saying I don't believe it either. The point is not to take sides my fellow Americans. To completely put all your trust and faith into Bush or Moore is wrong. It is not un-American at all to distrust and disagree with our president. Again, I don't necessarily believe or take to heart what Moore has presented, but I respect the fact that he's going out on a limb to question someone of high authority. Moore isn't an "America hater", if anything he is more American by questioning and thinking freely. So don't take sides, because you don't have to. Think for yourself, and remember that questioning your government will never be a bad thing. Expand
  7. MarshallM.
    Nov 2, 2005
    Yeah! go Aaron j. ! he's right, he just twists facts with ficiton, with some good editing, he can make anyone look like a criminal. i wish he'd just go away and live in england or something, since he thinks america is so bad. or at least, he think s our leaders are. either way, he's an un-patriotic idiot. Expand

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