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. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The anger that fuels Ferguson's film is felt in nearly every frame.
  5. 89
    It's enough to make you weep.
  6. 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.
  7. Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
  8. 90
    It’s a sober, revelatory and absolutely vital film.
  9. May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
  10. The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
  11. Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
  12. The film concludes that there's still simply no way out of the forest.
  13. 100
    If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
  14. 83
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
  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. 90
    Though the facts in No End in Sight are well known, the movie is still a classic.
  17. 83
    The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 51 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 »