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Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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  1. Aug 23, 2010
    Documentary about a taxi driver from Afghanistan that was captured by the US, taken prisoner & tortured to his death.
    With a subject like this it's always going to be a rough ride & this film certainly doesn't shy away from anything making it hard-going at points.
    At the same time, it's very well put together, powerful & very interesting.
  2. Oct 29, 2014
    Using the capture, torture and subsequent death of a seemingly innocent Afghanistani taxi-driver as a starting point, Taxi to the Dark Side, explores the United States treatment of prisoners during the so called 'war on terror' instigated by George W Bush and his administration during the mid 2000's.

    Filmmaker Alex Gibney never shy's away from asking people the tough questions and his
    interviews with those involved in the torture, and experts on interrogation, reveals the shocking truth about what went on in Parwan Detention Facility and Guantanamo Bay. With its subject nature, and use of disturbing imagery to illustrate its case, Taxi to the Dark Side is not an easy watch in places but anyone in any doubt as to the use of torture in warfare needs to see this film. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    In the end, this passionate indictment of present U.S. policies stirs both sadness and outrage.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Photos and video of torture at Bagram and Abu Ghraib are the most viscerally disturbing elements of Taxi to the Dark Side, but the way soft-spoken soldiers were transformed into beasts with the tacit approval of the higher-ups is just as profoundly chilling.
  3. It’s the equal of "No End in Sight" in its tight focus on the nuts and bolts of incompetence, and it surpasses any recent melodrama in the empathy it evokes for both its victims and--surprisingly--victimizers.