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  • Summary: The two-part documentary interviews 20 former White House chiefs of staff including: James Baker, Rahm Emanuel, Leon Panetta, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, about events during their time administration.
  • Genre(s): News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 11, 2013
    83
    Mostly fascinating tales from all the presidents' men that occasionally need (sometimes badly) journalistic balance and perspective.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Their stories are at turns intense, emotional, angry and humorous--and will capture your attention.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Sep 11, 2013
    70
    The Presidents' Gatekeepers is an engaging watch for most, though some segments are more accessible and interesting than others, especially when the history and details of those others become dense and the names become unfamiliar for younger audiences.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 11, 2013
    60
    The Gatekeepers reveals a few anecdotal secrets here and there, most of them charming and none that will damage any ex-bosses’ reputations.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 11, 2013
    50
    While the project proves something of a logistical triumph, it’s only fitfully interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Sep 11, 2013
    40
    The film jumps eras willy-nilly, and never settles on a narrative of how the role of chief of staff has evolved over the years.