The film is a sleepy dud, a polemic that, like D'Souza himself, is at once both outrageous and deeply boring.
Many of these same critics lauded Michael Moore's past hatchet jobs. At the time you could assume that, regardless of ideology, they were reviewing them with a critical eye, not for their facts, but for the presentation.
Now I see the same critics panning this political documentary as 'outrageous' (as if Moore isn't outrageous). It may well be outrageous. Or it could be that these critics were simply displaying their political stripes in the first case with Moore.
What piques my curiosity is the likelihood that these critics are simply afraid that this film might further blossom and put at risk the re-election of their favored candidate.
Aug 31 - 01:20 PM
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Perhaps no one in your circle of friends. The film is for thinking Americans.
Sep 1 - 06:53 AM
I love it when ignorant idiots who know nothing about the world consider themselves the thoughtful ones. If you are gonna accuse Obama of some conspiracy at least pick one -ism. It isn't possible to be a communist and a Muslim at the same time.
Sep 8 - 03:12 PM
Throw yourself in front of a bus.
Sep 2 - 05:12 PM
Great, classy debate we're having here, huh?
Sep 2 - 05:34 PM
May I remind you, Jonathan Cumbee, that this is the internet.
Sep 23 - 02:58 PM
Say what you want about Michael Moore's style, I admit he can be over the top sometimes but Bush deserved all the hate he got. This wasn't a republican vs democrat thing. He was a terrible president. He took a surplus handed to him by a previous president and plunged us into a massive deficit and also a pointless war. Obama may not have kept all his campaign promises but he sure as hell didn't fuck things up as much as bush did. I am not a Republican or a Democrat, both sides are full of stupid idealists but in this election the Republicans are taking their stupid idealism to a whole new level.
Sep 2 - 07:48 AM
Elaborate on that.
Sep 3 - 07:24 AM
Your ignorance is showing. Put your "Right"eousnous away & look to see what Obama has accomplished IN SPITE of the Obstruction crew.
Sep 12 - 10:02 AM
If you haven't seen it then how can you comment on it? it's only made $26M yet you would think that, based on the comments, that everyone has watched it. If one liberal that has posted a comment on this site has watched it I'll eat my hat.
Sep 12 - 11:47 AM
Ah the blame Bush crowd yet again...yawn. Regan inhereted a far worse situation then Odrama 20% interest rates, a horrible non-exsist foreign policy, Americans so ashamed our military didn't even want to wear their uniforms. But Regan wore his big boy pants and man up, it's time for Odrama to put on his big boy pants and hold himself accountable.
Sep 16 - 06:43 AM
Amen. Of course, Obama isn't, and never will be close to being the great president and inspiring leader that Reagan was. Unfortunately, it appears history will judge Obama as the president whose lack of leadership and misguided policies were the catalyst for the biggest economic decline in US history.
Sep 19 - 12:09 AM
I watched the film, unlike many on this comment board, and I found it to be very illuminating in regards to who Obama is and where he came from. I do not think that anyone can argue with D'Souza's research into Obama's mentors and family life. Having said this, I do not agree with his final analysis of Obama's intentions. D'Souza presents his theory in a scholarly manner and thinking individuals can take it or leave it. Regardless of whether he is right or wrong, probably wrong, the film does point to some factual evidence as to who influenced Obama growing up and what he most likely stands for, most of which is disturbing. If you have not see n the film, go see it before you comment, and regardless of what you think about Obama, consider the film's evidence even if you disagree with the conclusion as I did.
Sep 20 - 10:06 AM
All I read is hate on here; you're the most objective person on here, thanks for that.
Sep 13 - 05:37 PM
What? Hollywood leans left? Good points, Wolf.
Oct 3 - 11:19 AM
The only dud here is you. Perhaps you should read Obama's book, absent the movie. Much more disturbing on its own.
Aug 31 - 05:59 PM
Terrible review. Please do something helpful next time.
Aug 31 - 09:55 PM
agreed! just another left wing reviewer
Sep 7 - 06:27 PM
Jeff Leadbeater II
It's the Village Voice. What did you expect?
Sep 9 - 02:16 PM
Just can't let go of that horrific 2008 decision, eh? It's like the battered woman who just "looooooves" her man and just "knoooooows" behind all those vicious blows he "loooooooves" her too. Really. She knows it.
Sep 1 - 06:52 AM
You can't have an intelligent conversation with the unintelligent. It's an exercise in frustration and futility. 76% of those that viewed this film recommend it. I bet those trying to delegitimize it on this page probably haven't even seen it.
Sep 4 - 05:21 PM
That is cause only conservatives are seeing it. Sort of like asking the democratic caucus to rate Michael Moore.
Sep 7 - 07:40 PM
I swear every fringe lunatic birther idiot plagues RT. And I don't know why, it's not like the Klan makes movies that are reviewed on this site.
Sep 1 - 01:46 PM
"Lunatic birther idiot" ... you just threw your credibility out the window.
Sep 1 - 02:22 PM
Didn't you just refer to the MSM on the other review discussion, but you're saying someone else lacks credibility? Pot, meet kettle.
Sep 2 - 05:38 PM
Birther's are either idiotic or lunatics or both. He said they are on the fringe and did not say they were representative of the whole republican party. Thus, his comment was rational and his credibility maintains.
Sep 3 - 07:27 AM
Joshua, it would appear that neither you nor Merle have seen the movie. The movie supports that Obama was born in Hawaii. You and Merle appear to be making an assumption, and it's a bad assumption.
I recommend that you and Merle should see the movie before making and additional comment.
Sep 7 - 07:58 AM
Correction ... "ANY additional comment"
Sep 7 - 10:18 AM
Um, only 1 party co-opted the KKK and has a current clansmen in Congress. Yeah it's not the "righties." Why do you liberals hate black people so much?
Sep 13 - 02:21 PM
figures....not surprised you were bored....it was made for intelligent people!
Sep 1 - 08:37 PM
Do you have any reviews on the site we can read to judge your intelligence?
Sep 2 - 01:49 PM
You spelled "stupid" wrong.
Sep 2 - 01:53 PM
Maria, you are so right that this movie is only for intelligent people. Only extreme right-wing Faux Newsers are intelligent. Hence, the 35% approval rating, because anyone with different political views is an idiot, right?
Wow, you are just so great!
Sep 2 - 05:37 PM
It got an 80% review from the audience, which is what really matters. Are you really shocked by the media (which is predominantly liberal) trying to throw this under the bus ?
Fahrenheit 911 got an 84% by the media, and a 70% by the audience, and the Village Voice (whoever the crap they are) said "
If Moore is formidable, it's not because he is a great filmmaker (far from it), but because he infuses his sense of ridicule with the fury of moral indignation. Fahrenheit 9/11 is strongest when that wrath is vented on Bush and his cohorts."
Now you seriously think the "critics" are being professional with their reviews and not biased?
Sep 7 - 12:23 PM
Completely agreed, Taylor. I could care less about critic ratings when it comes to political movies. Media = liberal = low ratings for movies that question Obama's deity. So yeah, not shocked at all.
Sep 9 - 10:28 AM
I saw this piece of crap. At least Michael Moore has made movies about larger issues, like corporate hand-outs, jobs, health care, violence in America and so on. Regardless if you agree with his politics, it makes you think about something greater than his commentary on the issue.
This movie? No such grand idea. This guy is a total hack. My parents watch Fox News all day, every day to listen to the Obama conspiracy theorists, and even they said this movie was unwatchable. That's really saying something.
Sep 12 - 10:52 PM
I wish the Left could come up with just a few cogent remarks other than the usual mud slinging. Do you ever have anything useful to say?
Sep 3 - 03:22 PM
The Left is a political beast from beginning to end, from night through day. They know no principle which they will not sacrifice on the altar of power. It is essentially a materialist and atheistic philosophy (regardless of what any particular politician professes) and therefore it sees no benefit from acting, with integrity, with principle but against interests. Sacrificing in the interest of principle is a dead-end as there is no purpose outside of this temporal existence and there is nothing to be gained by dying (or losing power) in the name of principle.
They are scoundrels as bad as the day is long. They are liars, their philosophy is invested in lying, and lying about their lying philosophy comes as easily as you or I breathe air.
If, by useful you assume useful AND truthful, the answer is no.
Sep 3 - 05:03 PM
Oh stfu you polemic troll. Far left = Atheism, Materialism? You need some serious clarification.
First, political affiliation does not necessarily reflect religious orientation. I know a multitude of individuals who are Social ___________ and political ____________. Also it's irrevocably stated in the omniscient,arbitrary and obstinate "constitution" by which you Repubs so publicly cherish, too separate church and state. So your first argument has been invalidated and quickly disposed off "Yawn."
Second, Capitalism is all about individual welfare, CAPITAL GREED, which inevitably converts itself too corporate avarice, which consequently and gradually fucked this nation up originally (GEORGE BUSH'S corporate war on terrorism). Troll all you want, but in actuality, I highly doubt you currently have a $250 million dollar net worth income, such as current presidential candidate "Mitten's" "Flip Flop" Romney, so why bother supporting such an imposter? Unless your a disillusioned sheeple who believes that deregulation will stimulate the economy, than I suppose I can understand your stance.
Capitalism is dead, avarice and egotism primarily encapsulates all far-right political fascists. And almost everyone relies on some form of socialism, so get over it.
And lastly when Dinesh D'Souza wins a coveted academy award or the PALME d'OR, which is perhaps the most prestigious merit of aesthetic craftsmanship, than please come back and attempt too elevate him to Moore's level of ingenuity.
Sep 4 - 09:31 PM
So what your saying is, that Capitalism is the cause of economic ruin in America? and that after over 200 years in existence as a nation all of the sudden Bush is at fault for allowing capitalism? Would you prefer socialism/communism instead? I don't understand how people can use the term "capital greed" when these successful people hand over 40% of their income to the government and when 50% of the population is not even paying taxes so they are virtually living off the earnings of tax payers. Obviously the government is not adequately putting these tax dollars to good use, as seen with an economy that leaves over 50% of college graduates jobless, over 8% unemployment rate, and a monumental national deficit. This nation used to be in awe and seek the wisdom of those whom have attained the "American Dream" and now they're just known as greedy. Unbelievable.
It amazes me that people are disgusted with Mitt Romney's wealth and how soon they forget Al Gore is almost a billionaire and was the Democratic presidential nominee 3 elections ago. This assumption that all Republicans are rich and selfish is completely false. They believe that capitalism, which has been a primary tool in maying America an elite nation in the world is the key to success and freedom, the pillars upon which this country was founded on.
If you want to move to Europe, no one's stopping you.
Sep 5 - 03:31 PM
Lol Bush's administration WAS integral too this nation's economic turmoil. Idfk where you've been buddy, perhaps your fabricated delusions comprised of Tom shoes, Starbuck dispensaries, and cellular commodities. Alas, another fail Repub. Demagogue attempting to humanize the life of material superficiality, lemme guess, you probably have a Swiss bank account too? Joke.
P.S I would gladly dissent and live the life of an expatriate.
Sep 5 - 05:02 PM
I never said Bush was not at fault. But to say he is single-handedly responsible is ridiculous. As far as everything you else you said, you failed to directly respond to any of my points. I don't even know why I'm taking the time to respond to your pathetic excuse of a presumptuous, yet completely inaccurate, reply. Your contentment in "living the life of an expatriate" only solidifies my argument.
Sep 5 - 08:21 PM
Kyle, you are confusing a functioning capitalist America from the birth of the nation to the early 1900s with the broken corporatocracy of today. The bottom line is corporate America has ruined our country. Corporations in unregulated markets inevitably result in monopoly, destroying competition. If competition is the lifeblood of capitalism, I look around America and I don't see it anymore.
In today's corporate America, there is one market for every company and one company for every market. Add in outsourcing and global competition and it only gets worse from there. I'm sorry, but that is not the capitalism that made America the greatest economic power in the world.
Sep 12 - 10:57 PM
If the left are the liars then how come FOX news is the network caught in so many lies.
Sep 9 - 12:36 PM
How much do you want to bet this schmuck gave Farenheit 911 4 stars?
Sep 3 - 05:23 PM
You can tell by commentors' chosen verbage where party affiliation lies. On one side you have those that spew hatred because they possess no cogent debate skills and on the other side, those who try to have intelligent debates with useful idiots. Who is who? Draw your own conclusions.
Sep 4 - 05:14 PM
HAHAHA. Priceless. Ridiculous too.
Sep 14 - 08:41 PM
But did you learn anything?
Sep 5 - 06:30 AM
I only had to read the first sentence in your review to know it would actually impossible for you to give an unbiased review. So, there wasn't much point in going further.
But just for the record, The USA is the greatest country in the world. We have the highest standard of living and the largest GNP in the world which a direct result of the vast freedoms afforded to us by our founding fathers, the greatest legal document ever composed, and those that have been willing to defend the flag even to their final breath. Why is it that more than 300 Nobel Prize Laureates come from MY country? Why is it that NPLs from around the world seek refuge in this country? Why do so many millions seek citizenship in the USA? Maybe, just maybe because it is the greatest country in the world. You know, you don't have to love America to be an American, but you still might show a little gratitude.
Sep 6 - 10:08 AM
The US isn't no 1 in standard of living, life expectancy, or most developed. It's usually 5 or 6 on all those lists.
Sep 6 - 04:43 PM
Um John - I hate to prick your bubble but the US isn't even close to having the highest standard of living. In fact, **up until we got Obamacare** it wasn't even in the top ten!
The list pre Obamacare --
1 Norway 0.971
2 Australia 0.970
3 Iceland 0.969
4 Canada 0.966
5 Ireland 0.965
6 Netherlands 0.964
7 Sweden 0.963
8 France 0.961
9 Switzerland 0.960
10 Japan 0.960
The list post Obamacare --
While we still don't make it to the top 5, at least we're close at number 6.
6. United States,
Sep 12 - 10:21 AM
By what standard are these measured? People magazine has some not-so-wonderful Most Beautiful people on the cover. Time's Man , , , oops Person of the Year - haw haw haw.
Belly laugh time: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: ...well, you get the joke.
So live by your lists of other people's opinions G.
Oct 4 - 03:11 PM
Ignore the drivel written by Alan Scherstuhl about this movie, he's obviously an Obama propagandist. I'm wondering if he even saw the movie before writing his uninformed review. At any rate, although Obama's mentors, best friends in college and political advisers have been Marxists/Communists, you'll walk away from this movie wishing that Obama was "just" a communist, because a communist dystopia would be tame compared to the Banana Republic vision that Obama has for America. Obama's rage toward America goes much deeper than the petty envy of his communist supporters who want him to steal on their behalf, because Obama not only wants to destroy the wealthy in America, he wants to destroy America and make white people pay for the sins of our ancestors. If you've ever wondered why Obama and his supporters are so racist against white people, this will help you to understand. Dinesh D'Souza, a man of color himself, is uniquely qualified to tell this story and he does a wonderful job. There was so much information in this movie I went back to see it again and I thought it was even better the second time.
Sep 6 - 08:14 PM
Very well stated Tyler. What the left seems to miss is that much of the information from this movie came from Obama's own words (his autobiographies)...so how the left then claims Mr. D'Souza is making everything up is a function only of their own world view (if a conservative said it, it must be wrong).
Sep 9 - 06:05 AM
We don't miss that, we just see that the conclusions made based on those words are a stretch at best, especially when there are many omissions and leadings made in the movie. If you present things a certain why you can add what ever narrative you want and have it make sense.
Sep 9 - 12:44 PM
"If you present things a certain why you can add what ever narrative you want and have it make sense."
How is it that such a straight forward concept was completely missed by the vast majority of critics following Moore's release of Fahrenheit 911?
I'm not nearly as disturbed by the drubbing this film received as much as I am by the apparent lack of journalistic integrity reflected in the comparative reviews of the movies. If you take a look at the claims made, the spinning of the facts is just as egregious in Moore's film as it is here. The critiques of the film would seem to apply equally well to Moore (outrageous, speculative, unsupported, partisan) but these facets did not have the negative impact with the reviewers at the time.
I wonder if D'Souza didn't expect the same and present this film as something of a honeypot to highlight Leftist dishonesty, especially for those not swayed by his speculative conclusions.
Sep 11 - 03:24 PM
Maybe they just thought Fahrenheit 911 was a more entertaining movie. The rotten tomatoes consensus was:
"Extremely one-sided in its indictment of the Bush administration, but worth watching for the humor and the debates it'll stir."
So it's not like they ignored the fact that the movie was one-sided and spun facts but moore's film's tend to incorporate more humor so they thought it was funny.
Sep 12 - 03:16 PM
Don't bother explaining Michael Moore to them, Stephen. Although you summed it up adequately, it's just not worth it in the end.
Sep 12 - 11:01 PM
Sep 7 - 09:51 AM
Politics is war without blood and war is politics with blood. I wish we could just all get along and do what's best for a better tomorrow.Just want to watch my son grow in a world him and I can enjoy. Nothing more or less.
Sep 7 - 10:37 PM
I can't believe you found the president's life boring. On the contrary, I found the whole film thought-provoking...
Sep 8 - 05:04 PM