Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    Who is Charles Ferguson, director of this film? A one-time senior fellow of the Brookings Institute, software millionaire, originally a supporter of the war, visiting professor at MIT and Berkeley, he was trustworthy enough to inspire confidences from former top officials.
  2. May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
  3. The most coolheaded of the Iraq war documentaries, the most methodical and the least polemical. Yet it's the one that will leave audiences the most shattered, angry and astounded.
  4. 100
    Ferguson's film is a clear-sighted counterpoint to the former secretary of defense's impression. As the title suggests, it's a seemingly infinite mess.
  5. 100
    No End In Sight is the most important film of the year thus far and, more significantly, the most comprehensive, clear-eyed account of the Iraq debacle and the arrogance behind it that we have.
  6. 100
    If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
  7. Ferguson spotlights two massive mistakes: the looting that was allowed to continue, destroying Iraqi infrastructure and morale; and--far more revelatory -- the apocalyptically stupid decision to disband the Iraqi army, sending half a million angry soldiers into the streets.
  8. 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.
  9. Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    90
    Masterfully edited and cumulatively walloping, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight turns the well-known details of our monstrously bungled Iraq war into an enraging, apocalyptic litany of fuckups.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Lim
    90
    The result, narrated in a grave monotone by Campbell Scott, is a catalog of horrors so absurd and relentless it verges on farce, or Greek tragedy.
  12. 90
    It’s a sober, revelatory and absolutely vital film.
  13. 90
    Though the facts in No End in Sight are well known, the movie is still a classic.
  14. 89
    It's enough to make you weep.
  15. 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.
  16. The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
  17. Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The anger that fuels Ferguson's film is felt in nearly every frame.
  19. 83
    The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
  20. The film concludes that there's still simply no way out of the forest.
  21. 83
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 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 much worth a viewing. Full Review »
  2. JayH.
    Jul 1, 2008
    8
    Very thought provoking, most always maddening, and the staggering cost of the war makes me sick, considering the current economic state. It they divided up the money spent in the war between all us citizens, we would all be millionaires. Bush and his cronies are incompetent disasters. What a mess they created. Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »