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  • Summary: The Fall of Fujimori is a character-driven, political thriller exploring the volatile events that defined Alberto Fujimori's decade-long reign of Peru. (Stardust Pictures)
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  1. A cautionary essay on the risks to democracy posed by the fight against terrorism.
  2. 80
    It's a fascinating, haunting, unintentionally gruesome spectacle with, as Perry has said, echoes of Shakespearean tragedy.
  3. Fujimori comes off as amiable and in full denial, recalling the positive headlines of his presidency - and there were many - while laying the scandals off on Montesinos.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    To her credit, Perry isn't taken in by Fujimori's attempts to distance himself from the controversies that plagued his presidency. Helped by Kim Roberts's excellent editing, she succinctly chronicles his unlikely ascent and subsequent collapse.
  5. The Fall of Fujimori is more-or less-than the flip side to last week's Film Forum Peru primer "State of Fear": It's a prismatic shudder, a maddening manifestation of historical ambivalence.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    70
    Perry creates an objective yet not overly dry character study of the man, now a fugitive living in Japan, as he recalls his days in power.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    70
    Although they’re not revealing in a "Barbara Walters gets the guest to cry" sense, the interview segments are queasily fascinating.

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  1. SarahT.
    Sep 4, 2006
    9
    A fascinating look at a highly controversial political leader in an untenable political climate. This is the best kind of documentary A fascinating look at a highly controversial political leader in an untenable political climate. This is the best kind of documentary filmmaking - we are ultimately left to wrestle with our own ethical sense rather than being told what to think. Expand