Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

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Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 18, 2007
A humorous, but more importantly illustrative, documentary about the weight of the media -- especially the comedic media -- on the last presidential election.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 18, 2007
A inteligência de Franken é notória, assim como seu pavor à retórica da direita norte-americana %u2013 algo que o filme ilustra de maneira burocrática. Além disso, sua falta de foco leva-o a parecer um mero instrumento de propaganda, o que é lamentável.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
EURWeb
April 27, 2007
This uncritical bio-pic presents Al as more of an intellectual on a mission than a funnyman in search of laughs, leaving one to wonder whether the purpose here was to makeover Al into a political figure for his rumored run for the U.S. Senate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Entertaining cinéma-vérité piece
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
November 11, 2006
Always engaging, often insightful, [and] at times deeply moving.
Top Critic
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
November 10, 2006
Whether one agrees with his point of view or not, it's a message worth hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 5, 2006
A documentary about the comedian and satirist who sees himself as a leftward leaning crusader for Truth and Justice in an era of Lying Liars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 30, 2006
Feisty, quick-witted and quixotic, Franken takes on such right-wing demigods as Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Bullz-Eye.com
October 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2006
As a record of the Al Franken you already know and love, Hegedus and Doob's rather slapdash movie is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2006
Often entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
What this documentary lacks in intent, insight, and surprise it makes up for in thoroughness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 6, 2006
A fascinating combination of class clown and fact-happy debate-club president, Franken nonetheless makes for a compelling subject, but God Spoke veers uncomfortably into hagiography, especially as it winds down.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 29, 2006
What is notable about the film is that, despite the fact that it is centered on Franken, filmmakers Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus let everyone have their say, even if Franken gets the usually quite funny last word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 28, 2006
A sketchy but often entertaining record of satirist Al Franken's campaign to counteract what he perceives to be a right-wing conspiracy of lies and disinformation.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 22, 2006
...there is enough funny stuff transpiring that even some non-fans will be entertained.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2006
The filmmakers capture Franken's gradual transformation from cool satirist to impassioned activist in what turns out to be a vérité amble through a pivotal year in his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2006
A portrait of a passionate, witty, occasionally thin-skinned man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 21, 2006
Offers a portrait of this complex man that is -- dare we say it? -- fair and balanced.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 20, 2006
Fans of Franken as a comedian and/or as an Air America radio host, will find plenty to enjoy.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
May 17, 2007
Top Critic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 28, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 23, 2006
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