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.
| Original Score: B-
...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.
| Original Score: 80/100
It sure makes you want to buy American. Assuming you can find anything American to buy.
| Original Score: B
It would make a nice TV infomercial, but certainly doesn't deserve a big-screen release.
| Original Score: 1/4
It is ... unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions, other than the usual "Call your Congressional representatives."
| Original Score: 2/5
[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.
| Original Score: D+
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.
Further confirmation that agitprop documentaries have become wedded to a template that undermines their very arguments.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
As a wake-up call... Navarro scores points.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Doc offers plenty of good reasons to worry about China, but is astonishingly heavy-handed.
The bulk of the film contains as much hysterical rhetoric as sober analysis.