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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Reviews

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Rob Humanick
Suite101.com

To grant Expelled any credibility beyond the opening minutes requires nothing short of a leap of faith.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 0.5/4

December 17, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions, segues between quotes that are not about the same thing, tells bald-faced lies, etc.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

December 4, 2008
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Despite some occasionally sloppy filmmaking, I think the picture is worth a look. It raises important ideas and issues, asks important questions. No one could argue against that, right? Bueller...Bueller...Bueller...

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2008
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Ignorance may be bliss, but encouraging it, as Expelled does, ought to be a crime.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Like Moore, whose documentary-cum-polemical style they are clearly imitating, the makers of Expelled give their critics too much ammunition, so even if you're sympathetic to some of the ideas and the underlying argument, it is still difficult to defend.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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Don't expect any serious debate here about God and evolution. This documentary is like watching a paranoiac making fun of a hysteric.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 27, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

If someone believes in the Tooth Fairy, can they complain about not being taken seriously at dental school?

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 1/5

June 27, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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This film is an appallingly unscrupulous example of hack propaganda and it sucketh mightily. What's more, I didn't laugh once.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 0/4

June 27, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie is unpersuasive, but it's amusing...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2008
Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
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Embracing evolutionary theory will turn you into a close-minded, God-denying Nazi -- that's the upshot of this ludicrous propaganda piece.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 25, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Might there be a way to get to God through science? It's a fascinating notion and I wish the slickly produced Expelled investigated it more thoroughly.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2008
Steven Hyden
AV Club
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Expelled is a classic bait-and-switch, presenting itself as a plea for freedom in the scientific marketplace of ideas, while actually delivering a grossly unfair, contradictory, and ultimately repugnant attack on Darwinists.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: F

April 24, 2008
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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Regardless of your personal views, Expelled's heavy-handed bias (a visit to Darwin's home gets the same eerie music as a tour of Dachau) is exasperating.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

April 24, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Junk science meets even junkier filmmaking in Expelled -- a no more shameless, stupid and loathsome piece of propaganda has ever skulked its way into the theater.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: .5/5

April 22, 2008
Matt McKillop
Filmcritic.com

works in much the same way as a Michael Moore documentary -- a raft of provocation and very little persuasion

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2008
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

I don't say the film is crap because I disagree with it. I say it's crap because it disagrees with itself. It teems with contradictions, false dichotomies, and specious reasoning.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D+

April 21, 2008
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Manages to be flippant and darkly provocative at once.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 21, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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This documentary purporting to examine the issue of freedom of expression in the debate between the competing arguments of 'intelligent design' and Darwinism squanders the potential fascination of its topic with its simplistic, heavy-handed approach.

April 21, 2008
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant

Your opinion of the film will with almost complete certainty be predicted by your opinions on Darwinism vs Intelligent Design.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 20, 2008
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

The prospect of a pro-Intelligent Design documentary sounded so batsh** crazy,it had to be awesome, watching intellectuals spin a story about how they're persecuted for their beliefs.Not to say I didn't give it a fair chance,but they made it really easy.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

April 18, 2008
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