Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bowling for Columbine (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though it may not always convince, Bowling for Columbine asks important questions and provokes thought.

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A look at America's love affair with firearms and the pathology of violence in the United States, which has the highest gun-murder rate in the world. The question of why Canada - with 7 million guns for its total of 10 million households - doesn't suffer from the horrific gun violence of its large neighbor to the south is examined.more
Rating: R (for some violent images and language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Michael Moore
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On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Box Office: $21.2M
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Critic Reviews for Bowling for Columbine

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (37)

Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

A frustrating film that asks more questions than answers.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Agree with his messages or not, there's no denying the effectiveness of Moore's presentation.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008

For all its gallows humor and choked laughter of disbelief, it feels rather soul-sick and bewildered.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

It may be more op-ed than journalistic, but that does not distract from the fact that BFC makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking film.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Why do Americans seem so inclined to slaughter one another? Once again, Michael Moore has once again waded into some rather murky waters to weigh in on a very thorny subject.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Global Rhythm Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bowling for Columbine

You may not agree with Moore's sometimes questionable methods, but there is no denying that he presents some very strong arguments in this important, thought-provoking exposť of what drives and motivates these occurrences in a country where fear is instilled into people by a crippled system.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Michael Moore examines the social climate which resulted in the massacre at Columbine High School, when two socially awkward students armed themselves with automatic weapons and went on a killing spree. Michael Moore is very much a Marmite kind of film maker; people either love or hate him and his one man crusades against the established way of thinking. I personally applaud his willingness to stand up to those who would suppress the truth to promote their own agenda and let's face it, the American corporate system is the biggest propaganda machine in the world so anyone claiming that Moore is "biased" really ought to be taking a closer look at his opposition. In Bowling For Columbine he surprisingly does not point the finger directly at US gun culture (although there has to be something to be said for Chris Rock's ammunition pricing system! If it works for cigarettes...) Instead he examines the economic climate in which the local community had been drained of employment and opportunity, the media's sensationalist, fear-mongering agenda and the lack of hope that the educational system cultivates within the disenfranchised. Occasionally a little heavy handed (ending on a confrontation with Charlton Heston which comes across as the meaningless harassment of an old man was a mistake) but always informative and entertaining.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


A terrific portrait of a America full of fears and violence, a great masterpiece by Michael Moore. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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