• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 15, 2013
    70
    The details of Cheney's fall from grace in the waning years of the Bush administration are fascinating and narratively satisfying.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 15, 2013
    60
    The World According to Dick Cheney has some chilling moments, from his dispassionate description of waterboarding ("It creates a sensation of drowning") to his 9/11 narrative, in which he takes responsibility for having authorized the shooting down of Flight 93 if it approached Washington. What it doesn't have is a lot of navel-gazing.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 15, 2013
    40
    There is no sense of who Cheney is, beyond his restatements.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    Not a lot new here, but Cheney gets a fair hearing--even though a tougher one is occasionally warranted.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 14, 2013
    60
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 13, 2013
    80
    Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney is a rousing piece of work.
  9. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 13, 2013
    88
    Many expected to see Cheney not just screwed, but nailed to the wall. This documentary comes awfully close.
  10. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Mar 12, 2013
    67
    Here Cheney sounds like he's still campaigning for viewers' votes as he defends the decision to go to war against Iraq, declines to admit that waterboarding is a form of torture, and only struggles for an answer when he is asked to name his main faults.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 12, 2013
    42
    The World According to Dick Cheney instead is nuts-and-bolts bland and overly deferential.
  12. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 12, 2013
    40
    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.
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  1. May 17, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Turns out, contrary to popular belief.... Dick Cheney has a heart. Cheney goes into depth about his alcoholic past, and his time in the white going from Watergate to Iraq. We understand the stresses of the Bush administration and the lies inside the executive branch. It is truly a compelling documentary. But it is also disturbing, Dick Cheney shows no remorse for any of his actions. Even the ones that cost lives. Full Review »