Critic Review - McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The film flutters to the ground like so much GOP convention confetti, all assertions, few facts and little substance other than the conspiratorial right wing talking points that are D'Souza's bread and butter.

September 8, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (97)
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Scott DeCiantis

Scott DeCiantis

Disclaimer: I am a committed liberal who despises everything about the GOP. So why am I reviewing this movie? I simply couldn't resist an opportunity to dissuade people from seeing it! Ah, well. I'm simply embracing the erosion of journalistic standards over the last half century anyway.

Sep 8 - 07:01 PM

Roger M.

Roger Moore

Scott DeCiantis? Fox News lemming.

Sep 9 - 05:51 AM

Jeff Leadbeater II

Jeff Leadbeater II

How professional of you. So glad the Sentinel doesn't employ you anymore.

Sep 9 - 02:13 PM

Jeff Leadbeater II

Jeff Leadbeater II

How professional of you. Can't imagine why you don't work for the Orlando Sentinel anymore.

Sep 9 - 02:15 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

You show your stupidity evermore with each and every post you make 'Roger' Moore-on.

Sep 11 - 01:45 PM

Joe Devlin

Joe Devlin

You simply join the rest of the wanna-be in Hollywood liberal shills. You had your critique written before you saw the movie. It didn't match your politics so it had to be bashed.

Sep 14 - 08:52 AM

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

Joe The movie had a few facts. Then made wild accusations about those facts. It is so similar to Fox News. Any bright middle school student could see that this was a manipulation of emotion with no intellectual argument. If your biases can't see through such a thin veneer quit commenting.

Sep 23 - 09:32 PM

Diana Guenzler

Diana Guenzler

What movie did you see????? Or did you really even see it? The facts were taken from Obama's own words and autobiography plus interviews from his own relatives. I think everyone who votes should see it. Know who you're voting for!!!

Sep 16 - 05:22 PM

Kathy Line Rasmussen

Kathy Line Rasmussen

Exactly - must have gotten a review from a Obama campaign staffer that did not see it either. Lame - no wonder you work for a no name rag

Sep 23 - 06:59 AM

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

Come on, this was as thin on intellect as G. B. Bush.

Sep 23 - 09:34 PM

Diego Balbin

Diego Balbin

is that all you do? name call? bush bash? really ? OBAMA IS AN IDIOT! thats why his school records are sealed! he is a retard! FOX? why because MSNBC is honest? you dont believe that the people who surround you have no influence on you? so go hang out with the KKK ..it doesnt matter who you associate with right? you liberals arent smart...youre smart assess...

Oct 10 - 09:40 AM

Anthony DeSanto

Anthony DeSanto

scott you didnt even watch the.movie.you clown. by the way,i love FOX NEWS. you commies are scared to death of this election. do you notice i do not try to reason with you pigs, i just laugh at you.and tell you that you are congenital dirtbags,andLOSERS.see you on nov. 6.

Oct 14 - 07:22 PM

Jared Allyn

Jared Allyn

Diego asked you if all you do is name call and "Bush bash" whilst proceeding that call the president an idiot. I'd site how much I love the irony in that but Diego will probably have to question what's ironic about it.

Oct 17 - 08:55 PM

Stephanie Tutor

Stephanie Tutor

You come across as a very biased liberal that would not admit to a truth against your party even if it hit you square in the face. So very typical of an intolerable person.

Oct 18 - 10:01 PM

Stephanie Tutor

Stephanie Tutor

George B. Bush? What is wrong with your spelling? So sorry that Barrack Hussein Obama was actually caught in his own words doing the wrong thing for people and our future. UGH

Oct 18 - 10:02 PM

Ishmil Boyd

Ishmil Boyd

It's called manipulating words, that's exactly what politicians do. This movie was made by a known conservative.

Oct 29 - 06:58 AM

Fred Haughawout

Fred Haughawout

Exactly.

Sep 23 - 11:04 PM

Edward Villaflor

Edward Villaflor

It's funny how D'Souza appended the debt incurred by Bush to Obama's term to contrast the debt incurred by all presidents before them. It's lame. And to follow the numbers up with a freakin' question mark on how much the debt will grow if Obama's re-elected? Seriously? This is not a documentary, this is an ad, one that is devoid of any objectivity.

Sep 24 - 01:15 PM

Anthony DeSanto

Anthony DeSanto

scott you didnt even watch the.movie.you clown. by the way,i love FOX NEWS. you commies are scared to death of this election. do you notice i do not try to reason with you pigs, i just laugh at you.and tell you that you are congenital dirtbags,andLOSERS.see you on nov. 6.

Oct 14 - 07:23 PM

Austin Turner

Austin Turner

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/2016-obama-america-fact-check_n_1835710.html

Oct 23 - 11:46 PM

Daniel Nunez

Daniel Nunez

Roger Moore fails to review this movie as a critic and more as a left wing advocate. This movie is exellently done and everyone should watch it. It has a siple message who is Obama? and where would we be in 2016 if he gets re-elected.

Sep 8 - 07:50 PM

Roger M.

Roger Moore

Daniel Nunez? Right wing crank.

Sep 9 - 05:49 AM

Kimberly Wells

Kimberly Wells

Huh

Sep 9 - 02:33 PM

James Stine

James Stine

SHUT UP COMI!

Sep 10 - 09:00 AM

Sebastian Montesinos

sebastian montesinos

James your crazy lol.

Sep 11 - 06:01 AM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

You are outright ignorant roger. (I intentionally did not capitolize your false name, fake). You are just like your political leader, a scam.

Sep 11 - 01:48 PM

Jonathan

Jonathan Cumbee

What political leader would that be? YOUR PRESIDENT?

Show some class, you unpatriotic dog.

Sep 12 - 10:38 PM

Adam H.

Adam Herman

Really Jonathan Cumbee? Because I don't remember liberals showing G.W. any respect when he was president...how fast we forget.

Sep 15 - 09:02 PM

Greg Wishart

Greg Wishart

if obama is as this film shows him to be then he's being quite patriotic

Sep 19 - 01:34 AM

Beren Dausinger

Beren Dausinger

The rules don't apply to liberals cause they cannot read the writing on the wall from all that mind numbing cool aide BO feeds to them. They're much too caught up in their own feelings of racism to acknowledge BO's failures ...they associate holding the president accountable for his failed policies with the color of his skin. Maybe they could just focus on BO's white half so that they can finally come out of that coma....

Oct 3 - 12:25 PM

James Stine

James Stine

You are exactly right DN! They are left wing Marxists that hate the truth. They are so weak minded and nothing but a bag of rubber bones when faced with challenges. They need the government that is supported by the strong and competitive capitalist to crutch them through life. It's sickening. Marxist cowards! And that's putting it mildly.

Sep 10 - 09:11 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

LMAO, these conservative nutbars crack me up. GTFO and spread the inane hate somewhere else.

Sep 10 - 08:38 PM

Stephanie Tutor

Stephanie Tutor

You are spewing hate yourself in this very post, which in and of itself, is very hypocritical of you. That happens so very often by unrefined people.

Oct 18 - 10:06 PM

Diana Guenzler

Diana Guenzler

Your comment truly shows that you didn't see the movie and you are speaking out of ignorence.

Sep 16 - 05:26 PM

Tyler Curtis

Tyler Curtis

*Ignorance.

Sep 23 - 02:34 PM

Sebastian Montesinos

sebastian montesinos

Are you stupid? Romney would not only lower taxes on the super rich and increase military spending therefore increasing our debt, but he would also not allow Gay marriage, an issue that we will look back on like we did black rights. You are an idiot sir. (And no, I don't like Obama either. I am a libertarian)

Sep 11 - 06:00 AM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

If he did not allow homosexuals to marry that would be plus enough. As you well know, in every state where WE THE PEOPLE were allowed to vote on the issue, homosexual marriage has been banned. The only time it has been shoved through (like someone putting something through an EXIT only, if you get my hint) is by the wicked, filthy, perverted politicians who are often homosexuals themselves. I do not hate the sinner. I hate the sin.

Sep 11 - 01:53 PM

Brandon W.

Brandon Whales

what a cunt

Sep 12 - 08:11 PM

Jonathan

Jonathan Cumbee

What's life like back in the 1950s, Charles?

And as far as state rights, yeah...that's what we need, more government red tape. You're right! Let's multiply government bureaucracy by 50, one time for each and every state as they laboriously vote on every single political issue independent of one another. Let me guess; You like going to the DMV, huh?

Sep 12 - 10:42 PM

Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson

Great comment Daniel. Wish it could be on the front page all over the US.

Sep 15 - 11:55 AM

Charles Ford

Charles Ford

So anyone who disagrees with your biased review is either a Fox Shill or Right Wing nut job?

What a fair objective guy you are!

Sep 9 - 10:56 AM

Roger M.

Roger Moore

When they don't address the review, but their "beliefs," you bet.

Sep 9 - 01:17 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

You, roger, are the one expressing your filthy beliefs.

Sep 11 - 01:56 PM

Chad Van Lue

Chad Van Lue

Time to go mark your own water fountain Charles. Don't forget that the first two seats on the ride there are for you and other 'whites' only.

Sep 16 - 10:44 AM

James Stine

James Stine

So, anyone who agrees with your review is a comunist, un-American nut bag who doesn't have the guts to stand alone in a competitive world. In short, LOSER!

Sep 10 - 09:03 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

You're the Prince of Losers from the way you're sounding douchebag!

Sep 10 - 08:39 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

I would guess you know all about using douches chris kukluk.

Sep 11 - 01:58 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

Thank You Charles, it is good to hear from someone with an objective point of view!

Sep 11 - 01:55 PM

Jeff Leadbeater II

Jeff Leadbeater II

How professional of you. Can't imagine why you don't work for the Orlando Sentinel anymore.

Sep 9 - 02:14 PM

Kimberly Wells

Kimberly Wells

Who is Roger Moore?

Sep 9 - 02:36 PM

HuskersNC949597

Andy Cramer

Oh, you know, he played Bond in Moonraker, Live and Let Die, etc.

Sep 9 - 07:51 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

So, this roger moore, on this site, must be a fake! (As is readily apparent by his cowardly and dishonest review).

Sep 11 - 01:59 PM

James Stine

James Stine

You know its a good film you Marxist!

Sep 10 - 08:59 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

You know its a piece of propaganda you FOX-watching, corporate cock-sucking buffoon.

Sep 10 - 08:39 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

At least he does not worship the devil like those who willfully do his wicked deeds.

Sep 11 - 01:43 PM

Arekusandora

Alexandra Borrero

Wow. I'm not much into politics, but you Americans have some serious problems. And I mean you right wing nuts. Fucking crazy with hate. Great way to live...

Sep 15 - 11:03 AM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

You are calling someone else 'cock-sucking'??? I thought that is what you do going by your other comments.

Sep 11 - 02:00 PM

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker

Hah. The comments here are ridiculous and trite.

Bunch of political scum.

Sep 11 - 10:09 AM

Wolf Larson

Wolf Larson

With regard to the criticism of the film, the most interesting element is how the Leftist critics have circled the wagons to protect their chosen one. Many of these same critics gushed at the character assassination and rampant and aggressive moonbat speculation that Michael Moore specializes in. Somehow the outrageous charges in those films passed the muster of these critics. Where did the journalistic integrity of these folks go? Is it all just a smokescreen? Are there any principles the Left won't violate in order to maintain power?

As for the film, it was well put together with all the polish one would expect from an experienced producer. The beginning was a little rough but the middle and conclusion hung together better and provided the punch that the viewer was expecting. The fact that Obama was characterized by using excerpts in his own voice and in his own words was particularly effective.

With both D'Souza and Moore their power is delivered through what some might consider half-truths and speculation. In the case of D'Souza the evidence he provides of Obama's intent may be damning to some, much ado about nothing to others. As the litany of abuses was listed in the film, my own mind went to alternative, plausible scenarios where the facts might not match the intent D'Souza would infer from them, where as with Moore he likes to match his revelations with an imposing soundtrack to suggest more than his 'found truths' are worth. D'Souza and Moore both rely on spinning the facts and failing to provide the facts that vitiate their thesis. D'Souza does distinguish himself from Moore in his rather laid back approach to narration. His interviews, rather than hostile, are friendly, coaxing from his subjects responses that appear to express heartfelt and sometimes difficult revelations.

What I find most interesting from D'Souza, who is at best a middling level conservative intellect is the way he pierces the Obama myth and uses Obama's main strength against him. Obama appeared on the scene in 2004 and ran in 2008 for President with as little a political resume as we've seen in quite some time (I'm not sure about early 20th century, but certainly no one post-WWII has had such a scant public history). Obama was elected on the hopes that citizens, regardless of ideology, could pour into his well rehearsed speeches. His affable smile and charm won converts from both sides of the spectrum. D'Souza has seen to use the failures within his first term of office to leverage that same empty vessel against him, using his words, the people that surrounded him during his formative period, and the people he chose to surround himself with in college and beyond to frame a different theory to the one he strode on the stage in 2008 with. He presents the thesis that Obama either chose the failure we are experiencing, or at least does not mind as we might, because he has a deep-seated antipathy towards the expression of American power.

In the sense that he has used Obama's strength against him to present an alternative explanation of these past 4 years, and what might occur in the next 4, he provides a compelling film that, while not effective to those already in Obama's camp, may sway those who are undecided.

Sep 11 - 12:56 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

Although you use a lot of words to say something simple (probably to sound intelligent)and it is obvious that you are left of middle, your review was far more honest than 'roger moore'.

Sep 11 - 02:07 PM

Wolf Larson

Wolf Larson

JFY: Obama baaaad. Movie gud. Look it. Hear it.

Sep 11 - 10:51 PM

Jonathan

Jonathan Cumbee

If you are unable to analyze a review without letting political bias get in the way (for example, qualifying the reviewer as "left of middle"), then you cannot objectively render an opinion on it.

Ever hear of objectivity?

Sep 12 - 10:45 PM

Austin Turner

Austin Turner

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/2016-obama-america-fact-check_n_1835710.html

Oct 23 - 11:46 PM

Austin Turner

Austin Turner

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/08/27/fear-and-loathing-in-2016-obamas-america/189581

Oct 23 - 11:48 PM

Austin Turner

Austin Turner

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/08/27/fear-and-loathing-in-2016-obamas-america/189581

Oct 23 - 11:48 PM

Austin Turner

Austin Turner

there is a few links from fact checker sites about this movie, enjoying researching the truth for yourself and not being a mindless sheep

Oct 23 - 11:49 PM

Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt

Roger Moore, first of all you are too much of a coward to use your real, given, name. Second you are so full of yourself/crap that you must choke on it every time you breathe.

Sep 11 - 01:41 PM

Nicolas Garaycochea

Nicolas Garaycochea

Man, Charles Hunt, you need to calm yourself... your constant badgering is giving everyone a headache, and I am sure Roger Moore feeds off it like most sadistic journalists. I have to say however that Roger Moore should answer to his hypocrisy. He showers movies like Fahrenheit 9/11 with wonderful reviews because it conveniently agrees with his political outlook, but when a movie inconveniently goes against his political outlook he has to hate on everything. Roger Moore, we canā??t trust you or your reviews. Perhaps if you would establish that your review is politically motivated, perhaps then people would understand that you are not critiquing, you are perpetuating an elections. But behind the mask of criticizing a movie you talk politics. No thank you!

Sep 20 - 12:08 PM

joe p.

joe phoenix

Roger did give 'Magic Mike' a 3/4 rating... I wouldn't take what this clown says too seriously.

Sep 12 - 12:39 AM

Ann Bond

Ann Bond

What a troll...if the President had been more forthcoming, some one else wouldn't be telling his story and if you don't tell your own story, you might not like the one other people fashion.

Sep 12 - 01:48 PM

Joseph Parsons

Joseph Parsons

It didn't even mention the economy and to be honest he is only tearing the country apart on purpose for his own personal gain.

Sep 12 - 07:40 PM

Jonathan

Jonathan Cumbee

But those conspiratorial right-wing talking points are all FACTS, Roger. They're all facts.

Okay, I couldn't in good conscience write that a third time, even in jest.

Sep 12 - 10:36 PM

Amir Meshkin

Amir Meshkin

alls i knows is i hats me some that der obama so i lvoes me this movie hurry up lord and get romney elected so we can nuke them iran mussies and so jesu come back and ig ets me some hevens

Sep 13 - 12:11 PM

Elizabeth Lewis

Elizabeth Lewis

Let me guess - You are a liberal and LOVE ovomit.

Sep 14 - 01:16 PM

Karen

Karen Wilson

To hide one's self from this truth is both unpatriotic and downright stupid. This is a well done movie and simply brings out the facts. I see most of the so called "Professional" movie critics voted it poorly which reinforces my belief that these people are the liberal left and should all be run out of the country. Their opinions are counter productive and collectively they will destroy America.

Sep 16 - 01:56 AM

Eric Kessin

Eric Kessin

A film critic at a liberal newspaper who gave this film a positive review at best, would be endlessly ridiculed, and at worst, fired.

Sep 16 - 09:04 AM

Diana Guenzler

Diana Guenzler

This movie is full of facts taken for Obama's own autobiography

Sep 16 - 05:18 PM

Ryan Montgomery

Ryan Montgomery

This is conspiratorial, but farenheit 9/11 apparently is the most accurate and intriguing movie of all time. The laughable and useless nature of critics today is almost as bad as our national debt.

Sep 17 - 01:01 PM

Mike Hinz

Mike Hinz

haha what a hack

Sep 20 - 04:16 PM

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