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Shock and Awe (2018)



Critic Consensus: Shock and Awe has a worthy story to tell and some fine actors trying to bring it to life; unfortunately, the end results are still as derivative as they are dramatically inert.

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The film is based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who "got it right" in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush White House's justification for the conflict.

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Woody Harrelson
as Jonathan Landay
Rob Reiner
as John Walcott
Tommy Lee Jones
as Joe Galloway
James Marsden
as Warren Strobel
Richard Schiff
as The Usual
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Critic Reviews for Shock and Awe

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (18)

This sadly derivative film has one too many screenings of All the President's Men written all over it.

July 27, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The story gives audiences an inside look at how journalism actually works at ground level, including the cultivation of sources, the use of "background" and off-the-record information. It has a strong feel of authenticity.

July 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At its best, Shock and Awe still feels like it strains to be Spotlight-lite and comes up lacking. The title is a misnomer.

July 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's well intentioned but clumsy.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.8/10 | Full Review…

For all that, Shock and Awe is a slim, at-times too-obvious portrayal of an important story, as well as the fundamental calling of journalism when it comes to holding the powerful to account.

July 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's a rote piece of work that, oddly, also feels dated even at a time when the press and the White House have rarely been more at odds.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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