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Citizen Koch Reviews

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Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

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

Full Review Source: Columbus Alive | Original Score: 2/4

June 19, 2014
Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C+

June 12, 2014
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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[Offers] up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 3, 2014
Alonso Duralde
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

June 27, 2014
Nora Lee Mandel

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

June 6, 2014
Mike Scott

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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

It's a simple story, with the Koch brothers as the obvious bad guys. But Deal and Lessin get too enamored of their on-the-ground reporting and lose sight of their main prey.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 5, 2014
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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[The] movie, which starts off shakily, is naggingly diffuse and bumps up against the problem of recounting the freshly remembered past.

Full Review Source: New York Times

June 5, 2014
Sarah Boslaugh

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/10

June 20, 2014
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

June 13, 2014
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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!

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

June 13, 2014
David 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.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

June 13, 2014
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 19, 2014
Dennis Harvey
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Snaking through a tangle of interlocking ideas, threads and events, it never quite finds a unified focus.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 29, 2013
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
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
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

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
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
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