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America: Freedom To Fascism (2006)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 22

This documentary about the American income tax and whether citizens must pay it is more of a scattershot diatribe than a persuasive argument.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 10

This documentary about the American income tax and whether citizens must pay it is more of a scattershot diatribe than a persuasive argument.



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Former rock & roll promoter and manager-turned-political activist Aaron Russo sets out to discover the truth behind the Internal Revenue Service in an eye-opening documentary filmed to find out if there is any existing law that requires Americans to pay an income tax. What Russo claims to uncover in his nonpartisan investigation is a systematic erosion of civil liberties implemented by wealthy bankers in the early 19th century and subsequently proliferated by a government more interested in


Documentary, Special Interest

Aaron Russo

Dec 12, 2006


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (22) | DVD (1)

Russo's brand of libertarianism is at best naive and at worst tin-foil-hat crazy.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Essentially the filmmaking equivalent of an enraged blog on the Web -- pointed and provocative, but not exactly a comprehensive source for the issues it addresses.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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While the film -- which Russo produced, directed, edited and wrote -- has some fascinating and compelling arguments, it quickly assumes the tone of an angry diatribe rather than a well-reasoned political discussion.

August 7, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The mess we're in never looked so messy.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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As if anticipating bad reviews, Russo ends his scattershot assault with a preemptive strike against the media: 'It's just the Federal Reserve System trying to save itself.' If you buy that line, then I'm the great-grandson of a 1913 conspirator.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism can't even think straight, it's so mad.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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"America: Freedom To Fascism" captures America's current gloom and doom zeitgeist with plenty of controversial ideas to send any dinner party into a shouting match.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source:

A thought-provoking clarion call which concludes that America, instead of being by the people and for the people is, in truth, an oppressive, exploitative Big Brother where government and corporations reign supreme.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: One People's Project
One People's Project

repetitive and completely self-serving, with Russo making a serious of specious arguments that are largely laughed at by his serious subjects

April 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

There is food for thought here. But Russo loses his grasp on the material once he expands his focus.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If Russo really wanted to attract an audience, he should have called this: Why You Don't Have To Pay Taxes! Now that's a title that would get people in the seats.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source:

Russo comes off as a paranoid ranter, the movie equivalent of the street-corner pamphleteer with tinfoil in his hat to keep out the gamma rays.

October 6, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

The catch is the IRS doesn't care and will seize all your property and possibly throw you in jail if you refuse to pay.Talk about a buzzkill.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

If it's true, we're all due a monumental refund; if not, Russo and his cohorts may want to start looking for write-offs.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Even the staunchest and most forgiving of Libertarians would have to admit that this film comes up quite short.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source:

Russo feels his direction of this film is a brave, seditious deed. The audience I was surrounded by at an advance screening agreed.

August 6, 2006 Full Review | Comment (1)

Lies, damn lies and statistics. It's pure propaganda.

August 5, 2006 | Comments (3)
Greenwich Village Gazette

This movie is so humorless that it makes you wax nostalgic for the good old days when Michael Moore was sticking it to the man.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Russo is a clearly a healthy minded skeptic who tries to get both sides of the story.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Filmmaking lapses aside, this is an impassioned and generally persuasive film that rings all too eerily true.

July 28, 2006

If America: From Freedom to Fascism is right only 10 percent of the time, we're in big trouble.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for America: Freedom To Fascism

This documentary is director Aaron Russo's last attempt to reveal the American government's tyranny on its citizens before he succumbed to cancer in summer 2007. After watching this film, I strongly agree with his true message (following my own corroborating research) and solidly stand in favor of his cause.
Ever since 1913 (fraudulent inception of the privately-owned US Federal Reserve System) America has been governed by PRIVATE BANKERS, who now influence the White House and worldwide media organizations. The Bush, Rockefeller, Morgan, Rothschild and Clinton families (Republicans and Democrats) are visibly at the political helm of this Orwellian monster - with many private bankers still hiding in secrecy.
This film clearly displays what you weren't intended to know. I will not apologize to anyone who's offended by this film, because that shows weakness in defense of our HUMAN RIGHTS. Bush has already declared Marshall Law, after the Clinton administration got the ball rolling. I'm angry at the moment, and you will be too.

No American is legally required to file Federal Income Taxes, although the IRS unconstitutionally enforces it. Find out why:
October 24, 2007

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