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Citizen Koch Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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The movie bleakly emphasizes the sense of debilitating powerlessness of the average citizen without the means to bring anything but their vote to the ballot box.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

July 25, 2014
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

May not be the most smoothly organized documentary of the year, but it certainly fires a lot of arrows at its target.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

July 2, 2014
Brent Simon
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.4

June 27, 2014
John Esther
UR Chicago 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.

Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

June 27, 2014
Richard von Busack
MetroActive

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."

Full Review Source: MetroActive | Original Score: 3/5

June 25, 2014
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2014
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 19, 2014
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 19, 2014
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

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.

Full Review Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2014
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A fluid recap of familiar events through a partisan lens.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2014
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This imparts such vital information that one can overlook the technical ineptitude.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 12, 2014
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

OK, but it drifts off base and gets a bit lost in Wisconsin

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2014
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

The inescapable conclusion from the film is that there is something even more distressing than the impact of near-unfathomable individual wealth on politics: the impact on public understanding of the issues.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

June 5, 2014
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 5, 2014
David Ehrlich
AV Club
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A spirited, convincing, and eminently watchable bit of agitprop edutainment, Citizen Koch, directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, is the latest liberal riposte to the conservative agenda.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 5, 2014
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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"Citizen Koch" is kind of a mess. But it's a mess well worth discovering for yourself - and consider the history of its production and the situation it tries to capture.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 4, 2014
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine

Like their earlier Trouble the Water, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin portray men and women yearning for a simple place in society as they become casualties to the self-involvement of larger forces.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2014
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

If you still don't believe that money drives American politics...

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

May 31, 2014
Jeff Baker
Oregonian

It tosses out a lot of information and doesn't pull it into a compelling movie.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

July 18, 2014
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

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

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2014
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