Owen Gleiberman responds to readers -- The EW critic defends his review of ''Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?''

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Owen Gleiberman responds to readers

your liberalism is showing! Your review of Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? is a clear airing of your political views, not a review of a movie. A tip: Not everyone bows at the altar of Michael Moore. Some of us read EW to escape the constant politicizing of everything in this world. Please tone it down a little.

We agree on at least one point: My review of Morgan Spurlock’s post-9/11 documentary was (among other things) an airing of my political views. I would make the same claim for my recent reviews of Standard Operating Procedure, Battle for Haditha — and, for that matter, Iron Man. Our disagreement is this: Why should a critic, when writing about a political film, leave his or her own opinions off the table? It would be the equivalent of reviewing a concert film and ignoring the music. And even if a critic could feign ”neutrality” on the vital issues of our time, would that be desirable? You’ll be glad to know that I wasn’t shy about airing my political opinions when I reviewed Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. That, in fact, is the very reason I could call him out on his oversimplification of oil politics. </p

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
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  • 90 minutes