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      Backstabbing for Beginners

      R Released Apr 27, 2018 1h 48m Mystery & Thriller Drama TRAILER for Backstabbing for Beginners: Trailer 1 List Backstabbing for Beginners: Trailer 1 Backstabbing for Beginners: Trailer 1 1:41 View more videos
      39% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 52% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Michael, a young United Nations employee, travels to Iraq with his mentor, who wants to show him how successful the UN's Oil-for-Food Program has been. When Michael gets a deeper look at the organization, he unveils a corruption conspiracy in which officials -- both inside and outside of the UN -- are skimming billions off the top of the aid meant for the Iraqi people. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Chandler Levack Globe and Mail Whatever potential was evident in Soussan's source material is wasted on empty clichs and spoiler-alert casting. Rated: 1/4 May 4, 2018 Full Review Bruce DeMara Toronto Star Great title. Too bad what follows doesn't have the same insouciant charm. Rated: 1.5/4 May 3, 2018 Full Review Rex Reed Observer It involves so much internecine crime that it would be hard to understand under any circumstances, but this film is a drier head-scratcher than it needs to be. Rated: 2/4 Apr 30, 2018 Full Review Josh Goller Spectrum Culture Takes an unsexy geopolitical scandal and makes it even more drab. Rated: 1.5/5 Jul 20, 2019 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk This is a fascinating, outrage-provoking story but director Per Fly's bid to turn it into a cloak-and-dagger thriller falls disappointingly flat. Rated: 2/5 Mar 11, 2019 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Backstabbing for Beginners doesn't convey the complexities of this scandal nor the troubled, compromised humanity of its characters. Rated: 2/5 Aug 27, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ann B Much better than the reviews suggested! I liked the fact that it was based on actual events and followed the narrative arc of those events. Ben Kingsley is wonderful! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Audience Member E adoro filmes baseados em fatos reais! E achei o filme excelente! Mais excelente ainda é ver Theo James transitar entre personagens tão diferentes pelos quais ele tem optado após a saga Divergente! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member There Was Improvement As The Story Delved Deeper In The Second Half. Unpacking More Intricacies Developed The Intrigue. I Stuck With It & Found It Opened Up The Issues Of Corruption By The United Nations (UN) In This Space..No Wonder USA Invaded, They Saw It As An Economy To Squander As Demonstrated By The UN. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review barry m Very talky for a political thriller yet I still had a number of thoughts as follows: "Who is this guy? Who does he work for? Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Why is he doing that? Am I the only one who can't understand some of the accents?" and "Should I rewind that last scene? Nah, let it go and maybe you'll figure it out later." Which I never did. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a very good movie and I wish more of these scandals were brought to light. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on a bestselling memoir, Backstabbing for Beginners reveals the remarkable story behind one of the biggest modern political scandals. The film follows a young idealistic UN diplomat who's assigned to assist in the Iraq Oil for Food program, but he soon discovers that there's wide scale corruption. Starring Theo James and Ben Kingsley, the film has a pretty good cast that delivers strong performances. James and Kingsley have especially good chemistry, particularly in their tête-à-têtes about the realities of politics and diplomacy, which also speaks to the strength of the script in how it discusses the types of corruption that were going on and the moral compromises that were being made for "the greater good." However, at times it is a little vague about the deals being struck and who's on which side. Yet despite some problems, Backstabbing for Beginners is a compelling true life story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Michael, a young United Nations employee, travels to Iraq with his mentor, who wants to show him how successful the UN's Oil-for-Food Program has been. When Michael gets a deeper look at the organization, he unveils a corruption conspiracy in which officials -- both inside and outside of the UN -- are skimming billions off the top of the aid meant for the Iraqi people.
      Director
      Per Fly
      Producer
      Malene Blenkov, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Daniel Bekerman, Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen
      Screenwriter
      Per Fly, Daniel Pyne, Michael Soussan
      Distributor
      A24
      Production Co
      Creative Alliance, A24
      Rating
      R (Some Violence|Language Throughout)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 27, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 24, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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