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The Final Year (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Final Year uses director Greg Barker's wide-ranging access to take a detailed inside look at the closing months of the Obama administration.

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THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.

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The arbitrary time frame forces [Greg] Barker into a ceaseless chronology of foreign trips that frustrates any serious consideration of the team's successes (in Cuba and Iran) or failures (in Syria).

March 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Unhappily, the "unprecedented access" afforded Greg Barker's often rudderless documentary largely consists of spin, pillow shots and political humblebragging. If you're hoping for Obama's very own West Wing spin-off, you'll soon be disappointed.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The deepest frustration is that Barker had seemingly unrestricted access to one of the most revolutionary and skilled White House offices of the postwar era, yet the end result is like condensing an entire season of The West Wing.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Regardless of politics, it's fascinating to see how the White House works.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"The Final Year" is stirring and saddening, but too well behaved by half; I wanted it to be a little less Steven Pinker and a little more Dwayne Johnson.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's chilling to witness Obama's cool intelligence and statesmanlike composure, given the knowledge of who will come to replace him.

January 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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