Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 28, 2006
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
This film by Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus forces us to make some decisions about him. For myself, I find him generally gross, in person and in manner.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2006
A documentary in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 5, 2006
Franken doesn't allow the knee-jerk predictability of his liberal pronouncements to deflate the great gasbag that he becomes as the movie proceeds.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2006
Most of this doc is content to wander through Franken's recent show-biz resume, to no particular end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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
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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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Charles Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 21, 2006
Existing in the moment without inquiry or challenge, cinéma vérité fosters exactly the sort of refusal to think beyond the immediate that this film criticizes in right-wing dittoheads.
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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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 15, 2006
But Kerry did not win, and for Franken fans, the target audience here, the memory of that event may hurt too much to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 14, 2006
Proves to be an illuminating (if perhaps unintended) demonstration of how hard it is to keep one's sense of humor when mixing it up in the political mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 14, 2006
The film is worth seeing for footage of Bill O'Reilly seeking sympathy from Ann Coulter, who makes maternal noises with a mischievous glint in her eye.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 14, 2006
This scattershot movie, shot over two years, follows the zigzag trail of political satirist Al Franken as he feuds with Bill O'Reilly, campaigns against George W. Bush, and helps establish Air America.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 13, 2006
There is a lot of preaching to the converted in Nick Doob and Chris Hedges' Al Franken: God Spoke, an adoring and fairly haphazard look behind the scenes with the comedian and liberal gadfly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
September 13, 2006
The film is most compelling for its suggestion of how politics and showbiz are at once incestuously entwined and, perhaps, irreconcilably different.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2006
... best viewed as an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity, with Mr. Franken as a willing case study.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2006
The film only sporadically succeeds in providing biographical information or thematic depth, but Franken is such a witty and thoughtful presence that these flaws don't matter greatly.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 13, 2006
A cinema-verite portrait that proves more celebratory than revelatory.