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  • Summary: Director Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and theDirector Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. (Brave New Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    It's carefully researched, and it's crucial to fully understanding the Iraqi/American enterprise.
  2. 83
    Really, though, the most surprising thing about this system is how it disregards some of the basic tenets of conservatism.
  3. There's no objectivity in this film -- Greenwald's goal is not to offer balanced coverage but to roil the waters.
  4. Like Greenwald's previous films, Iraq for Sale is made from a progressive political point of view but spends considerable time talking to regular people who likely voted Republican.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    A febrile blend of facts, liberal outrage and emotional manipulation (like his colleague Michael Moore, Mr. Greenwald knows the visual power of a grieving mother), Iraq for Sale has an us-versus-them sensibility that’s extremely effective.
  6. 60
    Greenwald isn't capable of the magisterial, mournful manner of, say, Eugene Jarecki's "Why We Fight," but the two films would make a natural double bill.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Tillman
    60
    For those who have let the war drift into the background noise of talking heads, Iraq for Sale is a much needed reminder of the criminal negligence of those who led the troops into this mess and those who have gotten rich off of it.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    Greenwald weaves together, old, outdated foortage in an incredibly outaged, cheap way to prove a point he set out to make before hitting theGreenwald weaves together, old, outdated foortage in an incredibly outaged, cheap way to prove a point he set out to make before hitting the editing room. Even worse, these videos were funded by concerned poltical donors wanting to expose the truth; and instead, their donations were used to create videos slandering soldiers and bad-mouthing wars taking place as I type this. Now, I am no supporter of many policy decisions our countr has undertaken and am a firm believer of the free press as well as exposing the truth, but that it is not with is. This is Greenwald, again, using money generated from his NON PROFIT to use his voice loudly by illustrating his point with the faces and scenes of our soldiers, loved ones, and twists the facts in order to try, and fail, to prove his point. Boycott Greenwald, who, though he rallies against news, is simply the Left's version of the Fox News, armed with an agenda, against war of any kind, a non-defender of the nation, and a dishonorable man who takes donations from caring, compassionate, and honorable donors to fund a non-profit that can't keep employees for more than 3 weeks (Brave New Films), and finances junk like this. Oh, and the filmmaking is beyond amateur. He and his cronies like Jim Miller should be ashamed. Expand
  2. MarcusL.
    Sep 22, 2006
    10
    Maybe the most sickening revelations I've seen about our ridiculously corrupt gov't's war spending system, and the refusal of Maybe the most sickening revelations I've seen about our ridiculously corrupt gov't's war spending system, and the refusal of our congress to review it. Too important not to give it a "10". Expand
  3. ScottB.
    Oct 20, 2006
    9
    If you witness a criminal committing a crime, and tell the truth about what you saw, are you biased? The truth isn't partisan, and all If you witness a criminal committing a crime, and tell the truth about what you saw, are you biased? The truth isn't partisan, and all moral people should be outraged by the quagmire that is Iraq. One of the reviewers above calls showing a grieving mother 'manipulative'. It's a fact that war always results in dead children and grieving mothers. Showing the true results of our actions isn't manipulative, it's responsible. See this film even if you consider yourself a 'conservative'. Expand
  4. AlenB.
    Sep 25, 2006
    3
    Yet another fairly well made leftist propaganda film by Greenwald. Be aware of it's extreme bias and tendency to bend the truth - Yet another fairly well made leftist propaganda film by Greenwald. Be aware of it's extreme bias and tendency to bend the truth - clearly intended to evoke strong albeit misguided emotions in viewers. Viewer's with a proclivity toward conspiracy theory will especially enjoy this. Collapse