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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
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  1. 100
    McNamara speaks concisely and forcibly, rarely searching for a word, and he is not reciting boilerplate and old sound bites; there is the uncanny sensation that he is thinking as he speaks.
  2. Errol Morris may have been put on earth to make The Fog of War, a stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara that closes a year of outstanding nonfiction movies on a high note.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Though the movie may not change many minds about McNamara, it richly humanizes him, a valuable feat atop all the fascinating reflection.
  4. McNamara's too mentally adroit to let Morris pin blame or guilt on him, and the director's not interested in shaming him.
  5. 88
    The most compelling -- and horrifying -- portion of the film, which interweaves archival footage and stylish graphics with the interview segments, centers on the firebombing of Japan during World War II.
  6. 80
    No one could have held The Fog of War wanting if Morris had concluded that it's impossible to get all the way to the bottom of Robert McNamara. But explicating an enigma is not the same thing as blurring it with artistic ambitions. The thickest fog in this documentary has been conjured not by McNamara, but by Errol Morris.
  7. The film is watchable as well as informative...But I wish I had a better notion of what story he's trying to tell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. 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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  2. 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. Expand
  3. WillieG.
    May 22, 2006
    9
    Very well done, nearly every moment was gripping from start to finish. I'm not old enough to have experienced the periods of history Very well done, nearly every moment was gripping from start to finish. I'm not old enough to have experienced the periods of history covered in the film, yet this film hit home with me as a born & bred citizen. I would encourage and invite anyone to see this film at least once, particularly any fellow Americans old enough to comprehend the ultimate societal breakdown known as war. Expand
  4. 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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