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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

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96

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 156 | Rotten: 6

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

94

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 2

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

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Filmmaker, author, and political activist Michael Moore trains his satirical eye on America's obsession with guns and violence in his third feature-length documentary, which gets its title from a pair of loosely related incidents. On April 20, 1999, shortly before they began their infamous killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attended their favorite class, a no-credit bowling course held at a bowling alley near the school, the same bowling alley

Aug 19, 2003

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All in all, Mr. Moore has given us a lot to think about in Bowling for Columbine, and he has entertained us royally in the process.

December 19, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Fascinating, thought-provoking, often fitfully funny and sometimes devastatingly sad.

November 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A worthy successor to Roger & Me.

October 31, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Bowling for Columbine would never be mistaken for even-handed, but it is at least a sincere attempt to find the source of this country's inability to curb gun violence and murder.

October 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A sweeping, sometimes insightful and often funny look at America's culture of violence.

October 26, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Global Rhythm Magazine
Global Rhythm Magazine

Even if his information is, oh, even 40% false... the ideas he is presenting need to be heard, examined, and reckoned with.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Bowling for dollars

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR | Comments (6)

Moore's timing couldn't be better aimed for all Americans to search in their heart of hearts and ask why we live in a pathological gun culture.

February 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Perhaps a world as outrageous as ours deserves a filmmaker as blunt as Michael Moore.

October 14, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

'Valiente ejercicio de uno de los pocos individuos pensantes por parte de Estados Unidos que se ha atrevido a hacerse escuchar'

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

A classic of political debate.

September 18, 2003 Full Review

Try and find this film, watch it and talk about it. The issues that it covers are ones that beg to be discussed, and this piece has only scratched the surface.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

..is a lively movie that gives us, we believe, a firm grasp on the side of pro-gun control activists while portraying gun rights supporters as purveyors of senseless violence.

August 17, 2003
Cinema Sight

Las preguntas y sus posibles respuestas adquieren una dimensión mucho más impactante al ser formuladas por un estadounidense, o sea que la crítica proviene de adentro.

August 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

No one would ever mistake Moore for anything but a mudslinging yellow journalist, but sometimes extreme issues require extreme measures.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Michael Moore clearly and convincingly expresses his rage at the way fear, violence and the ignorance they both breed are whittling away this country's soul.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Quando Tiros em Columbine acerta o alvo (com o perdão do trocadilho), não há como negar o brilhantismo da argumentação de seu diretor.

May 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

This film is bitingly brilliant -- as only Michael Moore can be.

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Very very good

April 8, 2003

Moore's statement on American paranoia extends back to the colonists. Would there have been a revolution if King George III had imposed a waiting period and trigger locks on muskets?

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Audience Reviews for Bowling for Columbine

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.
August 28, 2012
garyX
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A terrific portrait of a America full of fears and violence, a great masterpiece by Michael Moore. Fresh.
April 20, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A pretty good look into what happened at Columbine, however although it sets out the premise of being about Columbine, I believe it really is about guns in general. No one doubts that guns can be extremely useful when in danger yourself, for example at war but surely in the West we don't need that kind of protection in our own homes? It brings up a lot of good points especially where Moore compares the US to other countries such as Canada, the UK and Europe but I particularly adored Manson's quote that he wouldn't say anything to the kids, he'd listen. Such a great documentary, a must see.
April 11, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Bowling for Columbine is a great documentary film from filmmaker Michael Moore. The film takes a look at America's obsession with guns. The film is very revealing in the way Michael Moore raises his points, and he gives plenty of good points, while at times making himself look like a bad guy.
I personally think Michael Moore should have approached it from a different angle. However this film is important, and it can't be dismissed that easily. The film raises important questions, and include great interviews, some of which I found surprising. My favorite interview subject was Marilyn Manson who gave a very intelligent interview, and who was the prime target after the Columbine High School Massacre. There are some aspects of the film that I didn't like, for example when Moore attempted to interview Charlton Heston, and Heston didn't want to answer and walked away, one thing that I thought that Moore shouldn't have done was to chase down Charlton Heston; he clearly didn't want to talk about the issue at hand. I felt it was kind of unnecessary to do that. I don't agree with what Charlton Heston did, but neither was Michael Moore in trying to get a reply. I don't think the way that Moore asked Heston about the issue was handled properly. Bowling for Columbine is a good documentary that raises important questions. If you enjoy a good documentary about important issues, then this is the one to see.
January 17, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

    1. himself: It was the morning of April 20th 1999, and it was pretty much like any other morning in America. The Farmer did his chores. The milkman made his deliveries. The President bombed another country whose name we couldn't pronounce.
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