Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    They're answers that will either earn your respect, or further damn him as the architect of an American nightmare.
  2. More often McNamara comes across as Exhibit A in Morris's latest metaphysical creepshow.
  3. The film is watchable as well as informative...But I wish I had a better notion of what story he's trying to tell.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 25, 2013
    6
    This film really plays out as a biography of the life of Robert S McNamara, former secretary of defence for both Kennedy and JohnsonThis film really plays out as a biography of the life of Robert S McNamara, former secretary of defence for both Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Unlike many current politicians though he comes across as both honest and sincere, readily admitting that he made mistakes during his time in office.

    The main focus of the film is on WWII, Vietnam and the Cold War with some frightening insights into just how close seemingly reasonable people can come to nuclear war. McNamara discusses the role of himself and others in a frank manner communicating what he has learnt in his remarkable life.

    It would have been nice to hear from others involved in the eras discussed but overall The Fog of War is a fairly intriguing watch.
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  2. May 16, 2011
    10
    The best documentary ever made.

    The music is beautiful and haunting, The film is a fantastic send off to McNamara, a man who is certainly
    The best documentary ever made.

    The music is beautiful and haunting, The film is a fantastic send off to McNamara, a man who is certainly going to hell when he dies.
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  3. ShannonP.
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    This should be required viewing in every college and high school history class touching on American history. Those who would so readily crown This should be required viewing in every college and high school history class touching on American history. Those who would so readily crown WW II era Americans as "the greatest generation" can contemplate the little discussed fire bombing and burning of dozens of Japanese cities and tens of thousands of civilian women and children. If, as McNamara argues, "proportionality" is a key standard for judging war time behavior, then. Full Review »