American Dharma

critic Reviews

62% Fresh Tomatometer Score62%
  • American Dharma offers a fascinating glimpse of a political influencer's public persona - and a frustrating missed opportunity to interrogate his actions and stated beliefs.
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    Whether or not American Dharma is worth your time is ultimately up to you and whether you enjoy giving space in your life to controversial figures.
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    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    Give 'em enough rope, as they say. It's become increasingly fashionable to twist or ignore facts, but it's still important to present them for all to see.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    Bannon has trafficked in racism, far-right conspiracy theories and other controversies during his career. Morris brings up some of it... but rarely nails Bannon with a tough follow-up question.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    As always, Morris burrows deep into his subjects. Here his laser focus gives Bannon free rein to reveal his guiding principles and strategies, admirable and otherwise, and Bannon serves up some stunning commentary.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    American Dharma is a vivisection, and [ Errol] Morris gives Bannon the tools to do it himself.
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    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times
    "American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon - a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political advisor that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting.
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    Todd GilchristTheWrap
    Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment.
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    Mike D'AngeloAV Club
    It's the journalistic equivalent of Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, and while Bannon is far too media-savvy to be one of Morris' best subjects, he doesn't clamp down tight, the way Rumsfeld did.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    In this times of intense ideological division, the film gives viewers on both sides of the aisle some points to ponder, if only they're willing to listen.
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    John AndersonAmerica Magazine
    Morris does not lead you by the hand. If the subject is lying, or delusional, as he often seems to be, Morris presumes the viewer will notice.
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