Critic Review - Tolucan Times

...an extremely well-made and well-reasoned examination of who Obama really is, told mainly through Obama himself reading from his book, Dreams From My Father, and interviews with people like Obama's half brother, George Obama, in Kenya.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Comments (74)
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Marion Riley Bulette

Marion Riley Bulette

Finally, a critic who see the well-reasoned examination of who Obama is and how he got there.

Aug 29 - 07:44 PM

Christopher Parsons

Christopher Parsons

Typical conservative view: skim past facts until you find someone that agrees with your warped ideals, then praise them for finally telling the "truth".

Sep 2 - 09:14 AM

Pamela Woodward

Pamela Woodward

I would just ask that you do a bit of research so you can make an informed decision as to the veracity of these claims. For me, the pieces of the puzzle were put into a well reasoned whole that is substantiated from many sources, including President Obama's own words.

Sep 8 - 04:42 PM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

It still comes down to a conservative critic (he says he is an independent) that is pushing the film.

Here is what the critic says in another article, "I came away much encouraged by Romney's candidacy. He has a grasp of the issues, is articulate, is smart, charismatic even, and I think he would annihilate Obama in a debate."

Sep 2 - 02:53 PM

Doug Moose

Doug Moose

and the fact the rest of the critiques are Liberal makes no difference to you, because you agree with every word they typed?

Critical thinking in this nation is all but dead. Too many American Idol voters who don't care if their contestant is the best, as long as they win!

Sep 2 - 03:25 PM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

Ms. Bulette seems to think this is an unbiased critic. My response through researching the author is that he is indeed in favor of Romney. I read many of the reviews but when you find one that gives the film a 10 out of 10 when it is so highly politicized, I have strong doubts.

I don't agree with every word typed and I certainly don't agree with you. Saying critical thinking is dead is nonsense and extreme.

I can give you many reasons why I won't vote for Romney and they are all social beliefs. Then again I have no need to pass your test.

Sep 2 - 07:20 PM

Rob Dalton

Rob Dalton

@Miguel Enguidanos Looks like this critic was exactly right: Romney was all he said, and Romney did destroy Obama in the Debate. And the movie review was also good.
So many Indian racists out here.

Oct 4 - 09:25 PM

Will Powers

Will Powers

I can only imagine what the right-wingers would say were a similar hatchet job done on Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan. This sort of dreck speaks to the utter deterioration of political discourse in this country. Everyone involved, including the movie's supporters, should be ashamed. Will Powers, Ph.D, San Luis Obispo, CA

Aug 30 - 09:28 AM

Tom Schleicher

Tom Schleicher

You're right. There were never any anti-Bush "hatchet job" documentaries. This is a completely new tactic dreamed up by the neo-conservatives.

P.S. It's really tacky to unnecessarily add that you're a Ph.D to a ROTTEN TOMATOES post. No one cares, Billy.

Aug 30 - 05:31 PM

Debbie Hopkins

Debbie Hopkins

Great point, Tom. Unfortunately Republicans aren't dastardly enough to think these tactics up first. Joe Kennedy was the godfather of dirty politics.

Sep 4 - 05:27 PM

Alan Polonsky

Alan Polonsky

Ma Ma, where's my Pa

Gone to the White House, Ha Ha Ha

(Republican chant against Grover Cleveland in 1884 Presidential election referring to a supposed illegitimate child of Cleveland)

You can find other lovely smears going back to Adams and Jefferson.

Joe Kennedy the pa was vile, but hardly the first negative campaigner.

Sep 7 - 04:29 AM

Jenny Janke

Jenny Janke

Absolutely true, Tom.

Sep 9 - 09:37 AM

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Well said Tom. As well, I doubt Will even watched the documentary. If he did, he would have noticed that it almost all consists of words and actions from Obama. It is presented in such a way that it is not trying to trick you. Any logical and rational person (clearly a PHD holder like WIll is) can at least recognize that this isn't a 'hatchet' job. Sure, disagree with the conclusions drawn from the facts. That is what political debate is all about, but don't dismiss the film purely because of your left-wing distaste for anything republican. I consider myself libertarian leaning, and found the documentary to be informative, and I have my own conclusions from the film.

Sep 12 - 01:24 PM

Julie Solomon Clifford

Julie Solomon Clifford

Wish I could hit "like" on your comment!!

Sep 16 - 06:23 PM

Joe Doyle

Joe Doyle

Ph D
Wow, who gives a fuck...

Aug 31 - 11:10 AM

Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith

Um pretty much those who believe in America. Blow if you don't care for the country.

Sep 1 - 12:44 AM

Jim Hastings

Jim Hastings

Joe it stands for phony dick. lol

Sep 1 - 03:00 PM

Kyle Green

Kyle Green

Yeah moron probably got his degree from a made in China web scam.

Sep 11 - 01:36 AM

Austin Dobson

Austin Dobson

Who is this illiterate Kyle Green, and who allowed him on the internet?

Sep 16 - 02:29 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

Ummm... The better half of America.

Nov 4 - 07:05 AM

Donnie McBee

Donnie McBee

Will is this you? Maybe YOU need some psychiatric help!

Wow a psychiatrist needing a psychiatrist?

A San Luis Obispo man is incensed over what he calls misrepresentation in Costco‚??s marketing of its gas prices.
Costco has fired back with a lawsuit claiming Will Powers has trespassed on its property as he pickets outside the company‚??s gas station on Froom Ranch Road.

The company also alleges he called employees ‚??fascist bastards,‚?? even threatening that one worker would end up dead.
Powers has denied the allegations, asserting he protested lawfully in a public area and that he never threatened any store employee or member. Powers also said he called the employees ‚??fascists,‚?? but not ‚??fascist bastards.‚??
Powers ‚?? a retired clinical psychologist ‚?? has been picketing for about three months and continues to hold up signs outside Costco‚??s gas station such as ‚??Costco gas is a ripoff‚?? and ‚??Costco hates free speech.‚??
Powers said that Costco claims to offer the lowest prices in town in its marketing. He acknowledged that the store matches the lowest prices of other local gas stations.
But requiring a Costco membership card and a debit, Costco cash or American Express card to use the station actually increases the price of gas for Costco customers over prices at other stations, Powers claims.
Powers denies Costco‚??s claims in the lawsuit, saying that employees and police have designated an area for him to picket, where he has stood, and that he has never trespassed.
‚??Several times during my picketing, Costco people told me to stay off their property,‚?? Powers said. ‚??But they kept changing where they claimed that begins.‚??
The store also says that Powers has blocked traffic, which he has denied.
Powers is scheduled to return to Judge Dodie Harman‚??s courtroom at 10 a.m. today to oppose a temporary restraining order requested by Costco

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/04/05/1550793/costco-sues-man-in-picketing-spat.html#storylink=cpy

Aug 31 - 04:55 PM

Donnie McBee

Donnie McBee

After a little more research?

Mr. Powers is not a retired psychologist as the article says. He lost his license because he was having sex with a patient.
http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/consumers/actions_pq.shtml

Must be a typical Obama supporter!

Aug 31 - 05:03 PM

David Barger

David Barger

Will Powers from all I have read is a quack, who lost his license to practice...and must also be a Clinton supporter because his phd = pretty horny democrate.

Sep 1 - 10:48 AM

Mary Jo Gray

Mary Jo Gray

ROFLMAO!!!!

Sep 3 - 11:22 AM

Dave Newton

Dave Newton

You will are an idiot.

Oct 14 - 02:27 PM

Nathan Nall

Nathan Nall

A simple and truthful review. Sadly, your career might very well suffer for it. It is taboo in the entertainment industry to question President Obama.

Aug 30 - 02:26 PM

Jenny Janke

Jenny Janke

Agreed, Nathan. How DARE anyone ever question Obama! You must be racist. There can be no other explanation.

Sep 9 - 09:41 AM

Mike McIntosh

Mike McIntosh

"and interviews with people like Obama's half brother, George Obama, in Kenya."

Oh, you mean Obama's half brother that he met for, like, five minutes in his whole life?

Other then that your points are reasonable.

Aug 31 - 09:35 AM

Herb B.

Herb Brooks

I'm a younger gentleman, college graduate in the 2000s. I voted for Obama in the first election, and I'm thinking about voting for him again. But I really didn't know much about him. All of my google searches come back with conflicting information and I never know what to believe. This movie answered many questions. Yes he was born in Hawaii the movie confirms as well as addresses many of his presidential policy decisions that I feel I've been largley uninformed about. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW OUR PRESIDENT BEFORE THE ELECTION, YOU REALLY MUST SEE THIS MOVIE. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It wasn't biased, the facts are accurate according to independent fact checking sources, and it let's you decide where you feel with our current administration. Democrat or Republican, seeing 2016 Obama's America will let you know a little more about Obama in a way that isn't biased or slanted. Great flick.

Aug 31 - 10:17 PM

Bill Cater

Bill Cater

You'd better do a little research into the fellow behind the movie, Dinesh D'Souza. He's been a nasty, bigoted little man at least since his college days, whose income has largely come from the ultra-conservatives, who ensure that he can make a living spewing his nonsense.

By all means, read up on Obama - but do not regard D'Souza as even a remotely reliable source.

Sep 3 - 12:58 PM

Jenny Janke

Jenny Janke

It's fascinating how you discount an entire film with stats based on who proposes the facts. I'm not saying this film is perfect, but it makes some strong points that are difficult to deny. Maybe you would do yourself some justice by being more open-minded.

Sep 9 - 09:49 AM

Quinn Brown

Quinn Brown

This fucking dude can't even spell Barack Obama. And he's an attorney? How did you get a law degree if you can't spell the presiden't name. That just shows that you haven't read anything about the president, and why you'd make such ignorant and false claims as "virtually nothing is known about his past."

Sep 1 - 02:27 AM

David Barger

David Barger

Powers, Will, Ph.D. (PSY 13619)
Santa Maria, CA
B&P Code §729(b)(1). Sexual exploitation. Stipulated
Decision effective January 18, 2002. License surrendered.

Sep 1 - 10:53 AM

Kimberly E.

Kimberly Emerson

Yipes, perhaps he should stop using his real name. His credibility is shot. The fact of the matter is Obama supporters are flying blind. They've been given what they wanted, free goodies while the rest of the country works to support themselves and their families. These are the same folks who were standing in line after the election waiting for their "Obama Money". About as sharp as a bag of wet mice, their allegiance to this administration won't be quashed because they can't/won't succeed on their own. Capitalism offends those who opt out of supporting this country and its people. There's no reasoning with these folks and their bitterness and anger speak to that very fact.

Sep 1 - 11:14 AM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

Kimberly says, "he fact of the matter is Obama supporters are flying blind. They've been given what they wanted, free goodies while the rest of the country works to support themselves and their families." To the contrary are the facts that many red states receive more federal money than they pay to the Government. The Economist magazine has an interesting article showing many of the red states take in more than they pay out effectively getting "free goodies".

Sep 2 - 02:42 PM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union

Sep 2 - 02:43 PM

Kathy Christenson

Kathy Christenson

Wow really. You must not know any Obama supporters in your little world. My sister owns her own company-supports Obama. My husband & I-never been on any public assistance in our lives and we support Obama. A friend who is a critical nurse supports Obama. I could go on but it wouldn't make any difference to you. Yes half the country is lazy if we are democrats. Just keep spitting out the Republican crap.

Sep 10 - 12:33 PM

Kyle Green

Kyle Green

Yeah because billions of dollars in interest payments alone to China is a good thing right? you're out of your mind.He wants to destroy everything then try to rebuild it, so people like you see him as a savior.

Sep 11 - 01:45 AM

Christine Hanson Fackler

Christine Hanson Fackler

KATHY....the statistics DON'T LIE.....I would love to say, you fools deserve what you get by electing this Marxist ......but I live here too....

Sep 21 - 07:14 PM

bainst

fc b

"Yipes, perhaps he should stop using his real name." The same could be said for D'Souza and this film.

Sep 10 - 10:35 PM

Chris Rothbauer

Chris Rothbauer

You should look up "ad hominem" on Wikipedia.

Sep 1 - 07:17 PM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

Interesting this website gave this a 10 out of 10 which was the best reviewed film of the entire year for this site.

Sep 2 - 02:08 PM

Gil Morales

Gil Morales

obama lovers must love higher gas prices,higher taxes, the distruction small businesses, higher unemployment, the degradation of a u.s. president bowing to muslim cleric, the slow distruction of the u.s. constitution, breaking every promises made, the granting of contitutional rights to islamic terrorists, and much more negatives..

Sep 2 - 05:56 PM

Miguel Enguidanos

Miguel Enguidanos

Gil must hate Obama. He believes Romney will create more jobs and eliminate Obamacare. That will take more than Romney getting elected. Higher taxes, you mean for the top 2%?

Maybe he hates Gays, or Gay Marriage, or a women's right to choose. Maybe he thinks Romney will outlaw gay marriage and not let the states do it.

Or maybe I don't know anything about Gil and Gil is just angry and assuming what I think.

Sep 2 - 07:26 PM

Howie Cassan

Howie Cassan

good Romney!

Sep 3 - 06:11 AM

Kyle Green

Kyle Green

Or maybe you're a complete moron, that needs to open his fucking eyes?

Sep 11 - 01:41 AM

Cullen Fahey

Cullen Fahey

lol typical right-wing(nut) hate speech. Go back to suckling from Rush's teat.

Sep 21 - 07:22 AM

Kevin DeLoughry

Kevin DeLoughry

now your just making shit up aren't you

Sep 5 - 12:52 PM

Tommy Gilbert

Tommy Gilbert

Like Bush didn't hold Saudi king's hand and my taxes weren't raised and I'm in the middle class. All you haters forget that Obama saved this country from a DEPRESSION because of the crazy spending by republicans, two wars, a trillion dollar tax cut for the wealthy. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month and the man stopped it. He needs 4 more years to repair what the republicans did in 8 years.Oh by the way, I was a republican before Obama. Do you think Romney is an honorable man? he protested for the war in Vietnam and then went to France while brave American men and women went to Vietnam, Simpre Fi Jimmy! Believe me he won't think twice about sending your children to war with Iran but I guarantee he won't send his own! The people on here (if you aren't wealthy) are voting against your own interest if you vote for Romney.Call Obama what you want but the guy gets it and understands it. Judge his actions and not what people say about him. Now do the same for Romney and look at the difference. Romney's full of of ideas to make the rich even richer. What's more unamerican than hiding your money in foreign accounts to avoid paying taxes. What's more revealing than to be recorded spewing your disdain for 47% of the country (not taken out of context) It's beyond my understanding when you see a guy attempt to live up to his promises and you hear Mitch Mcconnell(Kentucky) say that their only job is to see that Obama is a one term president and then blame the president for not living up to his promises. I'm white, former Marine and retired police officer and I still work in the service of the community and have basically had a pretty good life but I empathize with those who have not been as fortunate. Obama has tried to bring this country together but it not Obama who have torn the country, it's the elitist and the people who feel that paying 15% taxes is fair because they've earned it. What about the middle class man or woman who work 60 hours a week to provide for their family and pay 28% tax rate, they didn't earn it? Let the republicans step out of the way and watch the economy grow, watch education improve, watch the seniors receive healthcare, watch the uninsured get insurance, watch another war end, watch this country come together and the world not fear but respect us. These are not Ronald Reagan Republicans, they are more radical than our enemies when it comes to controlling our lives and putting us in our place especially women, gays, the poor, the immigrants, and anyone who stands in the way of them making their money.

Sep 27 - 04:56 PM

Joe Scovel

Joe Scovel

Awesome response. Please post something like this on every website

Oct 4 - 03:33 PM

Richie Cahill

Richie Cahill

The bravery of this man. The bravery.

Sep 5 - 04:15 PM

Patricia Naveira

Patricia Naveira

Where's the Bravery in Lying?

Sep 8 - 10:22 PM

Keegan Clements-Housser

Keegan Clements-Housser

Holy crap. 10/10? Really? This movie was perfect in every way, shape, and form and could not possibly be improved upon? This movie should win every award known to humankind, then, and should be discussed with breathless wonder for many generations. Move over, Casa Blanca - you've been replaced!

Alternately, this is a reviewer who let his own political persuasion and bias get in the way of actually giving this thing a fair review. My money's on the latter.

Sep 5 - 04:25 PM

Gennady Malin

Gennady Malin

great film

Sep 8 - 05:47 PM

Patricia Naveira

Patricia Naveira

This movie is a complete work of fiction.
You have now shown me NOT to believe in ANY of your reviews again.
Check out The New Yorker!

Sep 8 - 10:21 PM

Jason Spedding

Jason Spedding

Yeah the New Yorker is totally un-biased.

Oct 21 - 02:26 PM

Alyce Visser

Alyce Visser

an extremely well parsed examination of a simple article which will certainly enlighten those in need of hand held explanations.

Sep 12 - 07:25 PM

Crimson Flush

Crimson Flush

LOL, there are two types of Republicans: Millionaires and Suckers.

Sep 14 - 12:12 AM

Bob West

Bob West

There are two types of democrats; dreamers and welfare recipients.

Sep 14 - 08:20 PM

Antoine Prince

Antoine Prince

hand outs.

Sep 20 - 11:44 PM

Annie Grewe

Annie Grewe

You didn't see the same movie that I did, based on your comments. Poorly made, self- aggrandizing for wanna-be movie director Dinesh D'Souza, this film is a waste of time & money.
Dealing in innuendo, indirection and guilt-by-sometime association, D'Sousa tries to make President Obama look ill-born foreign, showing many shots of garbage-strewn waste grounds and streets crowded with beggars, and interviewing an old friend of the President?s biological father (who the President met only once, at age 10) and accepting his assertions as somehow being the President?s views. It gets worse, illogical, trying for guilt-by-association. Lots of talking heads and shots of D'Sousa with various facial expressions. Boring, trading on voters' interest in upcoming elections.

Sep 16 - 01:48 PM

Todd Jacobs

Todd Jacobs

A conservative critic who likes this documentary...not suprising.

Sep 16 - 02:22 PM

Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Propaganda. Lots of interesting parts and good story-telling and camera-work, but the conclusions come out of left field and some of the evidence was so slanted as to detract from the "documentaries" better scenes. Obama trying to get rid of nukes? Try every President since Reagan (google SALT treaties). Obama wanting to ruin America financially because his dad was mad at the British... wow. Surely Obama is anti-colonial, most democrats are, but the movie misses the real point: liberals believe everything and nothing at the same time. They do not see the world as black and white and would never be guided by only one theory. Obama is both anti-colonial and pro-colonial at the same time, just like he believes in both the merits of the free market and its flaws. In the movie, a conservative tries to explain a liberal through a conservatives mindset-- classic fail.

Sep 17 - 03:16 PM

Christine Hanson Fackler

Christine Hanson Fackler

I would ask all you PRO OBAMA supporters one question: Why did Obama pay over a million dollars for his school records to be locked up? What is he AFRAID of?

Sep 21 - 07:22 PM

Mike Franklin

Mike Franklin

Sep 22 - 07:30 AM

Lorraine Cimino

Lorraine Cimino

Yes, I want to know too.

Sep 24 - 06:54 PM

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