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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael King
    67
    The film doesn't have the book's detail or range, and by turns it's portentous with trumped-up melodrama or overreaches for lame comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It's the old-fashioned verities of documentary filmmaking that serve Thomason and Perry best.
  3. 60
    Like the former first lady, the filmmakers go slightly overboard.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    63
    Although the film presents plenty of compelling material, it suffers from the same weakness of "Fahrenheit 9/11": an utter lack of dot connection.
  5. Riveting and revealing whatever views you have on the partisan issues involved.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    40
    Undermines itself with tabloid-style narration, overly emphatic graphics, and a sensationalistic tone.
  7. The film is a sobering chronicle of the depressing circus of persecution and pseudo-scandal that was the Clinton years. But why did the President provoke such ire? A movie with insight into that might actually feel new.
  8. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    70
    The message is clear, and powerfully told.
  9. 40
    They have succeeded in establishing conservative ideologue Ken Starr as one of American prosecutorial history's biggest heels and Clinton loyalist Susan McDougal as a bona fide hero and martyr. The problem, of course, is that the president himself was neither, and no amount of hand wringing -- however justified -- can make him one.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    60
    Worthy of being seen as more than a potential double-bill partner for "Fahrenheit 9/11."
  11. I'm not sure the filmmakers - one, Harry Thomason, is a long-time Friend of Bill - have connected enough dots to prove a "vast" conspiracy. But that many people devoted much of their lives and resources to destroying Clinton is indisputable.
  12. 50
    A superficial documentary based on a best-selling book by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons -- which is being released just before the ex-president's memoir hits the bookstores.
  13. Effective piece of election-year propaganda.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    A simple, chronological history, narrated with melancholy gravitas by Morgan Freeman.
  15. 30
    What a shame that The Hunting Of The President feels like part of the problem.
  16. It uses numerous hoary techniques -- including tabloid-television-style editing and ominous background music -- that tend to detract from the seriousness of the issues being addressed. Morgan Freeman delivers the portentous narration.
  17. 50
    In a misguided attempt to break up the monotonous flow of talking heads, the filmmakers have inserted oddly chosen clips from newsreels and public-domain features, meant to illustrate abstract concepts (like eavesdropping or government) while generating some low-level laughs.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    This gripping documentary contends that some shockingly sleazy efforts to undermine Clinton's character and authority were very real.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Content is engrossing (if so fast-paced that uninformed viewers might easily get lost), but packaging is sometimes questionable.
  20. 30
    Overwrought and often hysterical, filled with distracting montages and portentous drumbeats, the documentary feels as cheesy as its subject.
  21. Make no mistake. This is partisan filmmaking at its most gleefully unapologetic. Unless they're also masochists, Bill Clinton haters and Ken Starr fans will know better than to buy a ticket.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael Powell
    40
    Something far more consequential looms in the wings. And that renders The Hunting of the President the feel of a sideshow

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