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Citizen Koch (2014)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

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Last year, public television officials pulled $150,000 in funds they had committed to the documentary and cancelled plans for the film's broadcast premiere, as reported by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, in fear of losing the financial backing of major PBS donor David Koch, the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist and WGBH and WNET trustee. In this stunning turn of events, CITIZEN KOCH was effectively censored from the public airwaves. After completing one of the most successful


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Carl Deal, Tia Lessin

Sep 1, 2014


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (14)

If the real triumph of the Tea Party is getting middle- and working-class citizens to vote against their own best interests, it's going to take a documentary more passionate and more revelatory than this one to make that point.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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If you have a shred of idealism left, it's hard to watch "Citizen Koch" without a mounting sense of despair and outrage over the influence that money has come to wield over modern elections.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Citizen Koch" is preaching to the choir. Which might not be a pointless exercise, seeing how the choir failed to show up for the last midterm election in 2010, and might need extra motivation not to repeat that mistake this November.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Most of the movie is a backgrounder on the Citizens United case, in which a deeply divided Supreme Court opened the door to truckloads of campaign cash from tycoons and corporations.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The sad thing is, there are so many unexplored areas here that do deserve films, including a serious investigation of the Kochs.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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May not be the most smoothly organized documentary of the year, but it certainly fires a lot of arrows at its target.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Separate and distinct from being utter catnip for politicos, the dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds... are terribly important ones.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Co-directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) cohesively illustrate what happens when the bad financial powers-that-be cannot be stopped.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

As well-argued as it is, it lacks any real personality -- and so getting people to listen will be a challenge.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Deal and Lessin's documentary isn't an anatomy of the so-called Kochtopus, nor is it a study of the Koch's business empire. A better title for this documentary might be "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Wisconsin."

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: MetroActive

...a well-meaning documentary that is essentially unsatisfying because it takes on too many issues and allots its screen time unwisely.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It has about four good ideas for a feature documentary, though none of them quite lands.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

It appears the filmmakers had noble intentions in revealing the inequity of influence from wealthy donors, i.e., the Koch brothers, "Citizen Koch" is muddied in its attempt. It fails to deliver its intended message...wake up, America, or we're screwed!

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Though "Citizen Koch" attempts to be a hard-hitting documentary about the influx of obscene amounts of money from right-wing organizations funded by the Koch brothers, it falls short on many levels.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The documentary "Citizen Koch" is uneven and scattershot at times, but when you're target is as big and fat as corporate money in politics, you can afford to be a little scattersot and still hit your mark.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

A fluid recap of familiar events through a partisan lens.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If only [Citizen Koch] could have managed to bring home the anger.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Too bad they didn't turn a grudge [against PBS] and resulting freedom into a more hard-hitting documentary that would more effectively prove their points.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source:

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