Press Reaction

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

... first-class journalism: high-minded, fact-filled and balanced, with some eye-catching visuals. … Now the problem: It’s dull and seems to be obsessing on an ethical problem that pales when compared with the real-world consequences of the banking industry scandals that have plunged the world into recession. ...

Michelle Archer, USA Today

... Black Money turns most fascinating when Peter Gardiner, a former type of "exclusive travel agent" for a Saudi prince, discusses invoicing BAE directly for lavish indulgences and travel expenses for the prince and his family. It's most chilling when a British fraud prosecutor tells Bergman how a British government investigation of the firm was shut down after Saudi threats to reduce cooperation with efforts to stop terrorism. ...

Lance Dickie, The Seattle Times

British spy novelist John Le Carre would never write the plot to "Black Money." ... The stunning tale of international bribery is not beyond the master storyteller's imagination. No, he would assume his most ardent fans would find the tale too preposterous even for fiction. ...

Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters.com

... As Black Money follows this investigation, it takes on a peculiar shape, something between catch-up and cautionary journalism. …

Brian Lowry, Variety

... a sharp, smart expose of a rather arcane topic ...

David Knowles, Politics Daily

... Frontline aired a truly revealing look at the oligarchical state of the world. ...

Mark Kleiman, The Reality-Based Community Blog

Frontline's investigation of international bribery ... may be the most compelling television I have ever seen. ...

posted april 7, 2009

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