The film is a sleepy dud, a polemic that, like D'Souza himself, is at once both outrageous and deeply boring.
The movie seems destined to irritate the president's supporters while mobilizing his detractors, even as it is doomed to win precious few converts. It's a textbook example of preaching to the choir.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary.
Viewers may do some headscratching. This can be a very strange movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
Every anti-Obama argument D'Souza makes from the right could be made, more forcefully, from the left.
D'Souza's demented anti-Obama crusade feels personal more than political.
A nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination.
| Original Score: F
Presented as a conspiracy-thriller with ominous music and zig-zaggy camerawork, "2016" hammers at suspicions, not issues -- a dishonorable tactic whether from the right or the left.
The film asks the question "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?," then posits some disturbing answers. Disturbing, but dubious.
| Original Score: 2/4
The film is not after new insight; rather, it's intent on laying out the arguments of a man who has given the same lecture countless times. That makes for a sluggish film. Even its outrage falls flat.
| Original Score: 1/5
An exercise in preaching to the choir.
| Original Score: 3/5
Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama's political supporters, but this isn't that kind of documentary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of 2016 as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against [Obama].