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Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI Image

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  • Summary: Inspired by Tim Weiner's book Enemies: A History of the FBI, the four-part documentary from Alex Gibney focuses on the history of conflicts between the FBI and presidents over the years including Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump.
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 16, 2018
    It’s punchy and to the point. In the historical episodes, it has some of the style and entertainment value of a breezier series on basic cable.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 19, 2018
    Little or nothing new is being reported or revealed. It's contextualizing and formulating an argument slightly in advance of what we anticipate will be a historical moment. The chances that the next month will require a new ending are low. The chances it will require an aggressive adjustment of focus are high. I can tell you that so far it's interesting, but not if it's worth it.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 7, 2018
    Enemies delivers a reminder -- again, not subtle in its intent -- that executive authority has repeatedly tested constitutional boundaries, moments that call upon the justice system to step forward and safeguard democratic ideals.
  4. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Nov 27, 2018
    Six years later, rather a lot has changed, to the point where the series often seems to be lionizing the bureau—and especially its former director, Robert Mueller—as the last front standing between the United States and total authoritarianism. It’s an awkward dance for the series to follow, even if it happens to be true. There’s very little in Enemies that’s new, and yet it’s still striking to see how repackaging the past can shed light on the present.
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