Thursday, June 24, 2004 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Scores High Marks from Critics

Entertainment News Article | "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After blistering the box office in its inaugural New York launch, Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' opens nationally on Friday with most reviewers giving it high marks as brilliantly provocative but unflinchingly partisan.
While saying Moore's latest work can fairly be classified as propaganda critics generally praised the film as an artfully rendered critique of President Bush, his war on terror and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
'Unabashedly partisan, wearing its determination to bring about political change on its sleeve, 'Fahrenheit' can be nit-picked and second-guessed, but it can't be ignored,' wrote Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
'It is propaganda, no doubt about it, but propaganda is most effective when it has elements of truth, and too much here is taken from the record not to have a devastating effect on viewers,' Turan added. 'Anyone who is the least bit open to Moore's theses will come away impressed.' "

By Steve Gorman


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