An American Carol Reviews

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 13, 2008
Utterly asinine, sophomoric, tasteless, the movie has much in common with Zucker's Airplane!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Scary Movie sequels, minus the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 6, 2008
Poorly made indie production has a script that feels like a list of ripostes collected over the last several years to liberal criticisms of the U.S.: The whole enterprise feels far more agenda- than entertainment-driven.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 2008
An American Carol is about as not-funny as a comedy can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 6, 2008
It's a polemic, a screed, a combination comic rant and sentimental flag-waver that doesn't work as either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 6, 2008
What makes An American Carol overtly depressing rather than merely lame is its allegiance to a diseased political discourse built on crude dichotomies: Either you're a bellicose, God-fearing patriot or a troop-hating, traitorous hippie.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 6, 2008
I can't imagine anyone -- Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, red-state or blue-state, earthling or E.T. -- finding An American Carol anything other than 'not funny.' And idiotic. And demeaning. And aggressively, persistently crummy.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 6, 2008
Is there any filmmaker alive, whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, capable of producing a truly incisive, intelligent satire about our politically polarized times?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
October 6, 2008
Cheap shots and mean spirits abound, as do celebrity cameos. But it's the laziness of the writing that most offends.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2008
Given that this supremely silly satire directed by The Naked Gun's David Zucker plays more like something slapped together to beat an expiration date, it's hard to get too worked up about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 6, 2008
Only you can decide whether you're in the mood to wade through the smear of stink jokes and political ravings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 6, 2008
Ultimately, the problem with An American Carol is the problem with far too much political discourse in this country, left or right: It highlights the worst excesses of the opposition for the sole purpose of discrediting the vast middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2008
Although it's refreshing to encounter a parody that doesn't use tired movie genres for inspiration, An American Carol squanders its comedic potential with a near-total absence of laughs.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 6, 2008
Even if it weren't three years too late to parody Moore (ineptly played by Kevin Farley), Moore's ridiculous tribute to Cuban health care in Sicko is far funnier than anything in this desperately laughless farce from David Zucker.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2008
This movie's level of political discourse makes Couric/Palin look like Frost/Nixon.