Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 04, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Control Room

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
84 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/21/04
director
Jehane Noujaim
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

An anxiety-provoking but uneven documentary on the Arabic news channel al-Jazeera that examines how the light of truth shifts when filtered through a screen of nationalism, Arab or American. While al-Jazeera reporters covering the war in Iraq seem thoughtful and passionate, the Americans — save one — appear weary, shallow, and inappropriate.

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