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Death by China (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Death by China pointedly confronts the most urgent problem facing America today - its increasingly destructive economic trade relationship with a rapidly rising China. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can't find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world's largest totalitarian nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across

Unrated,

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Peter Navarro

Jul 8, 2013

$37.4k

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It sure makes you want to buy American. Assuming you can find anything American to buy.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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It would make a nice TV infomercial, but certainly doesn't deserve a big-screen release.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It is ... unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions, other than the usual "Call your Congressional representatives."

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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One need not fully subscribe to Peter Navarro's demonization to appreciate his lucid wake-up call to the imminent dangers of the huge U.S.-China trade imbalance and its disastrous impact on the American economy.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Doc offers plenty of good reasons to worry about China, but is astonishingly heavy-handed.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comment (1)
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The bulk of the film contains as much hysterical rhetoric as sober analysis.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Manic and scattershot, Death by China is too overheated to impart its case with surgical precision. It feels, by God, but also overwhelms. Ergo, barely a recommendation.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

...unabashed agitative propaganda in the style of Michael Moore. It's selective in its facts, and it doesn't really engage its putative audience as adults, opting instead for cutesy graphics.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[A] rabid piece of agitprop, which swamps a number of legitimate arguments against the current trade arrangement between the U.S. and China with the strident brushstrokes of a bad editorial cartoon.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Angry, fatally biased but watchable documentary ranting at China for its transgressions and damage done to the U.S. economy cries out for second opinions from other corners besides those damning.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

Further confirmation that agitprop documentaries have become wedded to a template that undermines their very arguments.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

As a wake-up call... Navarro scores points.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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