House of Saddam : Season 1

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. Made jointly by the BBC and HBO, House of Saddam is well told and often lurid, a saga that blends the dirty work of despotism with the rituals of family gatherings, sibling rivalries and marital discontents.
  2. 80
    A chilling and riveting essay on the evils that men do and continue doing, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium.
  3. The perspective one gets from inside the House of Saddam is different than media reports from the outside and is, in itself, an important reason to tune in.
  4. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    67
    House plays like an edition of PBS' Frontline with actors.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    The production's appeal is all on the surfaces--in a moment where a killer's image is reflected in a fresh pool of blood, say, or a megalomaniac catches his own eye in the mirror.
  6. 50
    The style of the telling--heavy and, ultimately, hollow--perfectly matches the substance of the story. But of course that lugubrious style makes House of Saddam a slog, even while it is precisely paced and seamlessly directed.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    As disrespectful to his victims as it may be to view The House of Saddam as entertainment, that is the only level where it succeeds.

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