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Its fiction tale is shrill, lifeless and uninteresting.
| Original Score: C+
The fusion of fiction and independent journalism adds to the complexity of a story that exposes the 'news' as a narrative cowritten by the government and the TV networks.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marshall's ambitions are admirable, but he falls short when it comes to wrapping the message in credible, compelling drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's a pity that such vital, thought-provoking material has been rendered so lifeless and inauthentic on the screen.
| Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Marshall's admirable but unfocused new film is set in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Marshall says he was inspired by the Haskell Wexler cult classic Medium Cool, filmed at the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He has a lot to learn before he'll be anywhere near Wexler.
| Original Score: 1/4
As any revolutionary knows, there's a big leap between theory and practice, and that leap proves too much for tyro helmer Stephen Marshall's This Revolution.
The movie fails on nearly every level.
| Original Score: 1/5
It's the kind of engaged, political filmmaking that is rarely seen today, and it's a welcome and powerful addition to the canon.
Director Stephen Marshall is more activist than film theorist, prone to editorializing ('I'm certainly not going to sacrifice profits,' one journalist character sneers) without the equivalent of Wexler's formal rigor.