Death of a President

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Released 2007

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Director:
Gabriel Range
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the Toronto Film Festival, DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is conceived as a fictional TV documentary broadcast in 2008, reflecting on a monstrous and cataclysmic event: the assassination of President George W. Bush on October 19th, 2007. The "documentary" artfully combines archival footage and carefully composed interviews presented in a respectful and dignified manner. The film doesn't advocate violence; rather, it shows its pernicious effects. It is exciting and questioning, and it offers viewers a riveting story -- creating a provocative political thriller that reveals larger truths.

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A technically inventive, thoughtful, but otherwise not particularly earth-shattering movie.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Disappointingly, Death of a President shrinks from its promise as a piece of genuinely radical or adventurous speculative fiction.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Some will find profundity in the film's reversals and revelations, but its provocations are not particularly insightful or original. The Death of a President is, in the end, neithe...

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Politics