Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
March 13, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The War Room

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
director
D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
Producer
R.J. Cutler
distributor
October Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

For a man who had so much to hide, it’s amazing that Bill Clinton gave a team of documentary filmmakers access to the inner sanctum of his 1992 presidential campaign. Thank goodness for bad judgment; otherwise we wouldn’t have The War Room (1993, Not Rated, 1 hr., 36 mins.). As Cajun mad genius James Carville and twitchy, 5-o’clock-shadowed George Stephanopoulos crunch numbers and put out fires, you almost forget that you’re watching real life instead of a nail-biting Hollywood thriller. The Criterion disc’s EXTRAS, highlighted by a 2008 reunion of the Comeback Kid’s battle-scarred advisers, are a political junkie’s dream. A

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