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Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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May 12, 2007
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Whether one agrees with his point of view or not, it's a message worth hearing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 28, 2006
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

October 26, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A documentary in search of a story.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2006
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Often entertaining.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What this documentary lacks in intent, insight, and surprise it makes up for in thoroughness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

October 6, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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

October 5, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Most of this doc is content to wander through Franken's recent show-biz resume, to no particular end.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 5, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 28, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Offers a portrait of this complex man that is -- dare we say it? -- fair and balanced.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2006
Charles Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 21, 2006
Andrew O'Hehir
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Fans of Franken as a comedian and/or as an Air America radio host, will find plenty to enjoy.

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September 20, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2006
Gene Seymour
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 14, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

September 14, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

September 13, 2006
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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The film is most compelling for its suggestion of how politics and showbiz are at once incestuously entwined and, perhaps, irreconcilably different.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 13, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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... best viewed as an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity, with Mr. Franken as a willing case study.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

July 6, 2006
Joe Leydon
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A cinema-verite portrait that proves more celebratory than revelatory.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 13, 2006
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