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A superior example of fearless filmmakers in exactly the right place at the right time.
Chicago Sun-Times
A remarkable documentary by two Irish filmmakers that is playing in theaters on its way to HBO. It is remarkable because the filmmakers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, had access to virtually everything that happened within the palace during the entire episode.
The A.V. Club
Stunning you-are-there account of a grand swindle in the making. Were the coup not such an outrageous and chilling affront to democracy, their documentary would be a gut-busting comedy along the lines of Woody Allen's "Bananas."
Film Threat
A gripping example of "You Are There," on the spot journalism, even if it is a little slim when it comes to motives and back stories.
Chicago Reader
Proves again that the best documentaries currently outshine Hollywood features as the most watchable, energizing, and relevant movies around.
Village Voice
In addition to reporting a scoop, Bartley and O'Briain do an excellent job in deconstructing the Venezuelan TV news footage of blood, chaos, and rival crowds.
As these tumultuous events play out in the film... they generate the suspense of a smaller-scale "Seven Days in May."
The sensation is dizzying, and you may feel relieved -- certainly the filmmakers do -- when Chavez re-enters the picture. There's a feeling of order restored, but the depiction of political free fall has been unnerving.
The remarkable footage includes damning evidence of how the media, the people and the army were manipulated. Which leads to that eternal question - if it's not on TV, did it really happen?
A fascinating front-row seat for what could be history's shortest-lived coup.

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