Bowling for Columbine Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
January 22, 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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
January 19, 2003
Master movie muckraker Moore retraces the final days of the Columbine shooters, in an alternately sordid and absurd trail that ends up encompassing a culpable media and a wacky gun love culture.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 16, 2003
Michael Moore is a national treasure. Whether or not you agree with him, he puts out an entertaining product that will make you think.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 15, 2003
...a documentary that walks up to the brink of the abyss, looks in, then stands back to giggle and shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 10, 2003
...startling, thought-provoking, brave and aggressive...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 9, 2003
I personally, don't always agree with this guy, or his one-sided methods, but, either way, I think the film is worth viewing and I'm glad he's got the gonads to make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 6, 2003
Michael Moore's aim is true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 5, 2003
The film, like "JFK," may not be very believable on close examination, but it is entertaining and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 31, 2002
Michael Moore has perfected the art of highly entertaining, self-aggrandizing, politically motivated documentary-making, and he's got as potent a topic as ever here.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 28, 2002
...sheds light on the darkest corner of America's soul - and the man with the torch is the unlikely figure of a shuffling, bespectacled and overweight and underpaid filmmaker in baggy jeans.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 27, 2002
When Bowling For Columbine hits its stride, which is to say, during the bulk of its running time, it's funny, incisive and fairly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2002
Michael Moore's latest documentary about America's thirst for violence is his best film yet...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 10, 2002
It could change America, not only because it is full of necessary discussion points, but because it is so accessible that it makes complex politics understandable to viewers looking for nothing but energetic entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/4
Mark A. Altman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A remarkable piece of documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 3, 2002
Bowling for Columbine isn't always pretty, but it's never less than disarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 1, 2002
An important film, not only because of what it's about but also because of what it represents. Films like this strengthen our opinions and give us a feeling of democracy and freedom of speech at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 1, 2002
..."Bowling for Columbine" remains a disquieting and thought-provoking film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2002
The film's strength isn't in its details, but in the larger picture it paints - of a culture in conflict with itself, with the thin veneer of nationalism that covers our deepest, media-soaked fears.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2002
Funnier than most comedies, more moving than most tear-jerkers and more apt to outrage than the most frenzied Oliver Stone diatribe, Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine belongs on everyone's must-see list.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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