American Dharma

critic Reviews

, 63% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    The movie's worth taking in, though, as a shaky confrontation with a very American kind of demon, one weaned on the shallow, heroic lies of Hollywood individualism, furious that life rarely works that way, and willing to wreck the house in response.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Kid-glove treatment of the former Donald Trump advisor is surprising coming from the hard-hitting interviewer of Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld.
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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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    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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    Rocco ThompsonScreenRant
    American Dharma exposes Bannon as both a brilliant political strategist and a grotesque personification of the anti-globalist nationalism...
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    Throughout the film, which boasts a smart score and does a brilliant job of interweaving film and news clips with public opinion overlaid via the Twittersphere, [Errol] Morris affords his subject a long leash - perhaps too long.
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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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    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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