Citizen Koch Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2014
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.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 27, 2014
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 19, 2014
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2014
"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2014
The sad thing is, there are so many unexplored areas here that do deserve films, including a serious investigation of the Kochs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 12, 2014
This imparts such vital information that one can overlook the technical ineptitude.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 5, 2014
[The] movie, which starts off shakily, is naggingly diffuse and bumps up against the problem of recounting the freshly remembered past.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2014
While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.
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David Ehrlich
AV Club
June 5, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 4, 2014
"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.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 3, 2014
[Offers] up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 29, 2013
Snaking through a tangle of interlocking ideas, threads and events, it never quite finds a unified focus.