The Undefeated Reviews

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Anna Merlan
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
In one stump speech shown near the end of The Undefeated, Palin exclaims brightly, "There's nothing wrong in America a good ol'-fashioned election can't fix!" That's about as honest as this piece of propaganda.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013
"Undefeated" Palin did a fine job of making her fans feel like losers with this abortive trial balloon/infomercial. Losers and suckers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
July 18, 2011
The Undefeated says less about Sarah Palin than about the political and cultural environment that made her big screen beatification possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
July 15, 2011
This Sarah Palin hosanna is done in by the simple fact that its director needs to go back to film school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
July 14, 2011
It's difficult, if not impossible, to imagine anyone who isn't already a devoted Palinite seeking out or sitting through The Undefeated, which makes its distance from its subject all the more befuddling.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 11, 2011
Once you realize the film is just going to be a string of encomiums against a backdrop of frantically edited archival material... it's clear that no meaningful analysis of the woman's career or political agenda will be forthcoming
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 11, 2011
The Undefeated flatlines after an hour of empty back-patting and no dramatic edge. Bannon actively avoids any of Palin's setbacks, downplaying the entire 2008 presidential campaign to a few minutes of screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2011
A.K.A. Triumph of the Shrill. . .
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 20, 2011
The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol's tenure as governor and walk out halfway through.
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
July 1, 2011
Make up your mind, people: Is she a tough-as-nails "Mama Grizzly" or is she a fragile female who needs men to stick up for her?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2011
A troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 8, 2011
Political junkies eager to know more about Palin's vice-presidential campaign are similarly out of luck.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 15, 2011
It's a straight hagiography, without nuance or ambiguity or the admission of opposing viewpoints, even those meant to be dismantled.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 29, 2011
After proclaiming that Palin is a woman of substance, in the end Bannon's movie is all about her style
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2011
[A] fawning, oddly bloodless portrait.
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