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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: This five-hour miniseries dramatizes events described in The 9/11 Commission Report. It is also the subject of controversy, as some critics, politicians and pundits have challenged the validity of some of its assertions.
  • Genre(s): News, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. It's the best made-for-TV movie in years.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    The filmmakers' assurance makes this miniseries play more like bang-up drama than fact-filled documentary. Yet their facts pass informative muster, and emotional validity, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
  4. 40
    The six-hour film plays like a 9/11 version of "Syriana" or "Traffic," replete with ultra-close-ups and so much shaky, hand-held footage it can feel like being led around the world, half-drunk and half-blind.
  5. One could never call "The Path to 9/11 " poorly filmed and amateurishly acted. Just questionably written.
  6. 30
    "The Path to 9/11" never quite arrives at narrative coherence and depth.
  7. "Path" is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC's disastrous "Ten Commandments" remake. It substitutes shaky handheld cameras and dumb dialogue for craftsmanship. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgotten to light the sets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 56
  2. Negative: 23 out of 56
  1. ibrodsky
    Sep 11, 2006
    It's unfortunate that there is so much controversy about how the Clinton administration is portrayed. Path to 9/11 shows we have been at war since the early 1990s. Our leaders did not understand then, nor do they fully understand now. I don't know how anyone can dismiss the drama or relevance of this film based on blind political allegiances. Expand
  2. CarsonF.
    Sep 11, 2006
  3. BizT
    Jan 3, 2007
    Fantastic! The only doubt I have is that Richard Clarke truly understood the threat from al-Qaeda and least of all that he was the only one who did. Although Stephen Root does a good job capturing the arrogance and phony humility Richard Clarke showed in his testimony before the 9/11 commission. Expand
  4. NancyR.
    Sep 10, 2006
    Decent film. Just to comment on the controversy: This DocuDRAMA has brought out all the liberal protests, yet Michael Moore's political DocuMENTARY as widely supported by that same community. The irony is rich. Expand
  5. SSantitoro
    Sep 21, 2006
    I THINK Americans are starting to recognize these pseudo-reenactments for the propaganda that they are. On the other hand, we have a LOT of honest-to-God stupidity to overcome out there before the hyperCorporate Republicans can be trusted to care about documented truth... Why, on why doesn't ANYONE remember that when Osama was anywhere NEAR "in the crosshairs" of our fire power, it was completely ILLEGAL to kill him???!!! Timing, people.... the TRUTH is in the Timing! Does anyone feel ashamed yet for the crucification of Clinton during his presidency? ...anyone? ...anyone? Admitting it WILL make you feel better and might help us move toward positive growth again. Isn't THAT our moral responsibility? Isn't THAT our Patiotic Duty? Let's start caring about TRUTH again -- or at least the honest pursuit of Truth). Expand
  6. JH
    Sep 7, 2006
  7. SethS
    Sep 11, 2006
    ABC should have not showed this movie. It is fiction and should not be shown around 9/11

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