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7.6
/10
151 Ratings

Wormwood

Directed by Errol Morris
United States, 2017
Documentary, TV Mini-series

Synopsis

This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death.

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Wormwood Directed by Errol Morris

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Directors Guild of America

2018 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

AFI FEST

2017

As with the title card’s amorphous, black-and-white swirl, the overall effect is disorienting, with each scene offering mutable contours of a grand design, localized vortices of a dramatic flow, but never a fixed shape, only an impression of the elusive whole.
March 16, 2018
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The most affecting moment in Wormwood occurs not during any of the historical reenactments—Peter Sarsgaard’s performance as Frank is only a notch or two above the kind of thing you might see on the History Channel—but at the end, when journalist Seymour Hersh is explaining to Morris that he can’t say on the record exactly what he now knows to be true about the case without burning his high-level source, but he still wants to offer Eric some closure.
March 07, 2018
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If Morris had simply recounted the facts, even in a way that emphasized the real suffering of the victims, that would have shocked nobody. They are the stuff of every spy movie. . . . But unlike that genre, Wormwood . . . doesn’t produce dramatic tension by exploiting our desire to be in on the secret. It exposes us to the baser side of that desire: the narcissism, mean-spiritedness, and contempt that are so often the psychological realities of secrecy.
January 18, 2018
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