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Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    70
    The film is, like "Super Size Me," extremely entertaining and, again, Spurlock shows that if it's one thing he knows how to do well, it's the first 10 minutes of a documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    70
    Filmmaker-gadfly Morgan Spurlock is back with the warm, amusing -- and decidedly mistitled -- "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?"
  3. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    So kudos to Spurlock for going into enemy territory and coming back with the message that there really is no enemy territory. It almost – almost – makes up for the fact that Where in the World is marred by one of the worst endings in movie history.
  4. 67
    No doubt this is a sincere film. But its wobbly technique prevents it from ever reaching a point.
  5. Spurlock is good company: a more likable, less abrasive, less manipulative Michael Moore.
  6. Spurlock's intermittently entertaining travelogue ultimately reveals that people in disparate countries of different religions and wildly divergent ideologies are more alike than not.
  7. 63
    Could as easily be called "Spurlock: Cultural Learnings Of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of America."
  8. Though entertaining, Spurlock's lighthearted approach doesn't work as well here.
  9. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    60
    A frustratingly soft documentary that would sooner teach the world to sing than get to the bottom of the Bin Laden enigma.
  10. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    With his goofy interview technique and easy laugh, Spurlock has a way of putting his subjects at ease even as he tests the audience's patience.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    Non-headline-making but often entertaining docu-travelogue.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    50
    Although he makes an amusing comic foil, Spurlock is ill-equipped to either evaluate or report on Middle East foreign policy. His methodology is disturbingly casual and conclusions woefully simplistic.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason McBride
    50
    Exasperating and goofy documentary.
  14. The film is a hodgepodge, and it closes with a whimper. But along the way some lucid voices slip through.
  15. 50
    An affable action hero in search of the planet's arch supervillain, Spurlock is less irritating than his obvious model, Michael Moore, but also less politically astute; assuming the role of a faux-naïf stranger in a strange land, he's more benign and not nearly as funny as unacknowledged analogue Sacha Baron Cohen.
  16. 50
    The facetiousness of this project is charming at first -- as is the conceit of depicting the hunt for Mr. bin Laden using video-game animation -- but the charm wears off pretty quickly.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Morgan Spurlock, of the "Super Size Me" phenom, serves up a rehash of others' 9/11 reportage, bin Laden biography, Islamic theology and suicide-bomber psychology, in a tone so aghast you'd assume he knew nothing about the War on Terror -- which should make pic very appealing for those who know nothing about the War on Terror.
  18. In casbahs and desert villages, in kibbutzim and around the campfire, Spurlock has a way of getting people to open up, to use their real voices and express their real opinions, the likes of which never make it onto network news. That's his gift, and when he uses it, "Where in the World zzzzz-zzzz" opens up into a miraculous document.
  19. A primer no one needed, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? should have been called "The Post-9/11 World for Dummies."
  20. 42
    This movie is a case of arthouse bait and switch. Its true subject is one decent Yank's desire to believe that Everyman and Everywoman - Everywhere! - are as warm and amiable as your average American Joe: him, Morgan Spurlock, the regular guy as fearless globetrotter.
  21. 42
    While the film's gags don't always jibe with its sincere interviews of Middle Eastern citizens, or its worrisome encounters with the soldiers serving in dangerous territory--the constantly shifting tone provides as many hit bits as misses.
  22. After a clever start, Spurlock turns self-serious, aiming to teach us something about our enemies and ourselves.
  23. 38
    I was not a fan of Albert Brooks's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (2005), but Brooks, at least, seemed willing to concede before it was over that his movie was a terrible idea. Spurlock seems opportunistically optimistic.
  24. Everywhere he goes he asks if anybody knows bin Laden's whereabouts – as if anybody is going to tell him! Why should we accompany him on his self-aggrandizing trip?
  25. 30
    The narrative emphasizes how much danger Spurlock is in and how noble he is to embark on all this while his wife is back in the U.S. expecting their first child; it's a little insulting to all the real reporters who've died in the field looking for hard information, not weak indie comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    25
    Morgan Spurlock is a living, breathing cautionary tale. Take a good, long look, kids: This is what happens when society validates really annoying people.
  27. 25
    One of my critical brethren opined that this sort of dumbing-down and low comedy may be the only way to sell the public a movie about the Iraq war. If that's true, God help us.
  28. A film so self-centered that even the director's most dedicated stalkers might find it a bit too narcissistic.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    0
    I want the world to be better for my soon-to-be-born child Maybe I should take note and hunt down Morgan Spurlock.

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  2. CharlesP.
    Jan 4, 2009
    7
    I enjoyed the premis and was impressed with Spurlock's ability to connect with an assortment of people. The ending was a bit weak, but I enjoyed the premis and was impressed with Spurlock's ability to connect with an assortment of people. The ending was a bit weak, but so is the so-called "war on terror." Full Review »
  3. KenG
    Nov 10, 2008
    7
    I found this interesting and somewhat informative. I don't know why a lot of critics have a problem with this movie, other then maybe I found this interesting and somewhat informative. I don't know why a lot of critics have a problem with this movie, other then maybe they found it to be politcally incorrect in some ways. This wouldn't be the 1st time critics attacked a movie for that reason. In fact, a lot of critics seem to have missed the point of this movie. Despite the title, it had little to do with an actual search for Bin Laden, (although, that played a little into it). Most of this had to do with exploring the cultures that created Bin Laden, and see what various people in those cultures had to say about Bin Laden, terrorism, and America. It had to do with trying to understand the world that Bin Laden grew out of. Full Review »