Cartel

Cartel

47%

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Cartel Reviews

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With its clunky chalkboard chapters and a parade of static talking heads too often repeating the filmmaker's underlying theme of political corruption and union myopia, it's a C theatrical experience. Maybe a C+ for right intentions.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The film -- for which Bowdon directed, wrote, narrated, produced, operated a camera, composed music and sang -- spends a little too much time on static shots of flickering computer screens filled with gray text, and it has the look of cheap video.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There are plenty of legitimate grievances here, but like Michael Moore at his pushiest, Bowdon often undermines his own argument with obvious factual cherry-picking.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Bowdon makes an insufferable first impression, and his movie often looks as if it were shot with a camera-phone (for good measure, he includes actual camera-phone footage, which admittedly looks worse than his).

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Bowdon makes a compelling argument against the defensive maneuvers of teachers' unions and in favor of vouchers and charter schools, but his documentary is no exercise in free-market cant.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 29, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Watching this film, you'd think that most public schools were Mafia-run slaughterhouses and most charter schools were urban academies with high success rates. Bowdon barely mentions the religiosity and profit motive behind some charter schools.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 29, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Director Bob Bowdon is in the Michael Moore mold, except his Gotcha! style of filmmaking is more likely to be supported by facts.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

April 23, 2010
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's all talking heads, clanging music, substandard graphics, long scans of headlines and Bowdon's heavily cadenced voiceovers.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 23, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Purports to be a documentary about the American public school system. In reality, however, it's a bludgeoning rant against a single state.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Few documentaries have covered such an important matter so convincingly and with such clarity.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 16, 2010
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Bowdon moves beyond statistics to discover how the sorry condition of his state's public schools came to be.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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The Cartel makes a persuasive argument for vouchers and magnet schools, but its case might be a little stronger if Bowdon didn't appear to be frothing at the mouth with indignation much of the time.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 15, 2010
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Bowden's strength as a documentarist is more evident in the patience and logic with which he makes an argument for a state and a system in desperate need of reform.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 14, 2010
S. James Snyder
Time Out New York
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Veteran TV anchor Bob Bowdon's feature debut has all the intricate nuance of an evening newscast; its analysis is heavy on diagnosis but simplistic when it comes to the cure, as well as woefully ignorant of racial and fiscal complications.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 14, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Cartel does what good reporters are supposed to do: follow the money.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2009
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