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Labor Day (2009)

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Filmmaker Glenn Silber examines a labor union that embodied the grassroots momentum of Obama's presidential campaign and played a pivotal role in his election. The documentary includes interviews with journalist Ted Koppel and Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, as well as a number of politicians. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Documentary, Special Interest

Oct 30, 2009

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Director Glenn Silber's look at how window washers, public employees, janitors and other working men and women played a role in 2008's political events is heartening, and yet, a year after being filmed, unintentionally aggravating.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Rather than capturing the profound excitement so many people felt during the 2008 campaign, it just seems to be patting itself on the back.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film never finds drama, focus or any greater purpose other than some dubious horn-blowing about the SEIU being singularly responsible for electing President Obama.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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I'd call Glenn Silber's Labor Day a well-intentioned but dull, video-ugly documentary if it weren't partly financed by its subject, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); that just makes it a crappy infomercial.

October 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's only so much rah-rah-sis-boom-ba you can take about a President elected on the premise of ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who has merely followed in his predecessor's footsteps of starving the U.S. into dirt.

November 11, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Mildly engaging, but lacks sufficient insight, intrigue and provocativeness to rise above the kind of footage you'd typically find in an infomercial or, worse, in propaganda.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

. No opinion seems to stray from the talking points. Everybody's giddy to stump. Everyday. This makes the film feel padded and rinsed. Is the director solely trying to please his subjects?

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A promotional film best suited for broadcast in an office lobby.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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