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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  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. House of Saddam offers a fascinating but limited portrait of the Iraqi tyrant.
  5. There are well-written and well-mounted scenes and some good performances. It is not without suspense. But even at four hours, House of Saddam feels incomplete and scattered--a lessened, not a heightened reality.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    67
    It's a refreshing take and an interesting effort, if finally not quite a compelling one.
  7. House plays like an edition of PBS' Frontline with actors.

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