How Fahrenheit is faring with critics


Stephen W. Stromberg
June 25, 2004 10:37PM (UTC)

Fahrenheit 9/11 is a hit with film critics -- even in some of those Red states. The Dallas Morning News' film reviewer gives the movie a measured appraisal, but both daily papers in Salt Lake City had positive things to say about the documentary, even Mormon-owned Deseret Morning News, which gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. The Salt Lake Tribune, meanwhile, gave the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars in a review almost as glowing as the New York Times'.

A.O. Scott at the Times called the film "an authentic and indispensable document of its time." And the Chicago Tribune gave Fahrenheit a full 4 out of 4 stars.

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But a film as controversial as this is bound to get some bad reviews. The Detroit Free Press gave the movie 2 stars -- only 1 more star than it gave "White Chicks." Christopher Hitchens tore the film apart on Slate recently, and Salon's Stephanie Zacharek roasted it on Tuesday.


Stephen W. Stromberg

Stephen W. Stromberg is a former editorial fellow at Salon.

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