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New York Times:
What Mr. Pollack's movies lack in momentum, they make up for in quiet gravity.
I not only liked this movie despite its factual and ethical problems -- I'm not even so sure they matter so much to most viewers.
Absence of Malice does not invalidate All the President's Men. But with entertainment values -- and a moral sense -- every bit as high as that film's, it observes that there is an underside to journalistic gallantry.
Impeccably liberal in its orientation to 'issues,' his avoids the excesses of Stanley Kramer-like telegraphy, only to come up looking aesthetically wet.
A splendidly disturbing look at the power of sloppy reporting to inflict harm on the innocent.