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  • Summary: The four-hour miniseries dramatizes the period from Saddam's coup in 1979 to his capture in 2003.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    67
    It's a refreshing take and an interesting effort, if finally not quite a compelling one.
  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
    For its part, House of Saddam provides little insight into Saddam Hussein. Instead, it repeats truisms about well-reported events, many of them best remembered as TV images.
  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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