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  • Summary: The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerrilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, No End in Sight is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides aThe first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerrilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, No End in Sight is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003), as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. No End in Sight examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Prepare to be riveted: No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson's first film, is without question the most important movie you are likely to see this year.
  2. 100
    If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
  3. May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
  4. 88
    The most remarkable aspect of Charles Ferguson's lacerating documentary about the U.S. invasion of Iraq is that the film contains virtually no new information, and yet its message is as compelling as if we were hearing it for the first time.
  5. The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
  6. 83
    The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
  7. 63
    Some documentaries are a fervent search for truth; others are a fervent search for snickers. This one is the latter, providing via interviews and old film clips a Greatest Hits for Bush haters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. NigelM.
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    Frightening, fascinating and vital, this should be seen by as many people as possible, whatever your political persuasion. Lessons have to be Frightening, fascinating and vital, this should be seen by as many people as possible, whatever your political persuasion. Lessons have to be learnt from the mess that Iraq has become and this film asks all the right questions, even if it doesn't have all the answers. The Bush administration have fueled terrorism beyond anything Bin Laden could ever have done, through ineptitude, carelessness and pure ignorance. Expand
  2. MatthewP.
    Sep 15, 2007
    10
    Honest and shocking. The truth is depressing but the people who tell it in "No End in Sight" are the unsung heroes of this failed occupation.
  3. CJN.
    Aug 10, 2007
    10
    Must see this film - it explains what has been behind this nightmare. Can't help but notice that Josh's rating of 2 is followed by Must see this film - it explains what has been behind this nightmare. Can't help but notice that Josh's rating of 2 is followed by a commentary he cut and pasted out of the New York Post review. Expand
  4. WilliamD.
    Oct 30, 2007
    10
    The most telling data: 25% of Americans STILL support "President" Bush and his corrupt AND inept administration. This film should be required The most telling data: 25% of Americans STILL support "President" Bush and his corrupt AND inept administration. This film should be required viewing for ALL Americans who actually care about America. IMPEACH CHENEY and his stooge, BUSH. Convict them and Send them to prison! Expand
  5. RogerC.
    Jul 26, 2007
    9
    Mr. Ferguson thoroughly documents his proposition that the occupation of Iraq was incompetently managed. I would award the film a "10" if I Mr. Ferguson thoroughly documents his proposition that the occupation of Iraq was incompetently managed. I would award the film a "10" if I were not worried that some officials may merely have concluded that we should be more competent next time we undertake a military intervention. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2010
    9
    Finally got around to see this film three years after its release and I wish I had seen it earlier. Very relevant, even today and very muchFinally got around to see this film three years after its release and I wish I had seen it earlier. Very relevant, even today and very much worth a viewing. Expand
  7. ArthurC.
    Nov 25, 2007
    0
    89!!! Well, I must have been watching the wrong movie, because the one I saw sucked. It was so boring, not during but overall, what is the 89!!! Well, I must have been watching the wrong movie, because the one I saw sucked. It was so boring, not during but overall, what is the point to this? Expand

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