- Network: Showtime
- Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2013
- Season #: 1
- Summary: Narrated by Dennis Haysbert, former vice president Dick Cheney is profiled and interviewed by R.J. Cutler in this 110-minute documentary.
- Genre(s): News/Documentary
- Show Type: In Season
- Season 1 premiere date: Mar 15, 2013
- Air Time: 12:00 AM
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The documentary doesn’t fawn over its subject. War skeptics get plenty of time to explain why they think Cheney was wrong.... Conversely, when the filmmakers make an effort to humanize Cheney, he doesn’t give them much to work with.
The World According to Dick Cheney has interesting insights and revealing moments, but for critics who long to confront Mr. Cheney it may prove dissatisfying, because it allows him to make astonishing assertions without direct contradiction or follow-up questions.
The strength of the documentary is that although it is grounded in an extensive interview with its subject, it is not hagiography. Writers like Woodward and Gellman weigh in with considered and not always flattering opinions about Cheney. That said, noticeable by their absence as interview subjects in the film are Rice and, in particular, Bush.
The film is a sturdy but ultimately stifled exercise in the most polite methods of interrogation--to which its subject is entirely immovable and not prepared to surrender anything, even a smile.