Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Reviews

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Mark Moring
Christianity Today
April 18, 2008
The film shows that Intelligent Design should be on the table for discussion. But if you're looking for ammo to argue your Darwinist friends under the table, look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 18, 2008
Surely the film's greatest offense is the utter shamelessness with which it exploits the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 18, 2008
This is propaganda, a political rant disguised as a serious commentary on stifled freedom of inquiry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2008
It shows us bogus security files, as if some cabal is spying on everyone. It shirks the facts. And it madly edits images to equate Darwin with Hitler, and Ben Stein with -- yes -- Ronald Reagan. Typical of all propaganda, it also distorts language.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 18, 2008
Stein's schlumpy presence is disarming, though his know-it-all nature is at odds with his free-speech posing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
April 18, 2008
Stein's credibility is blown on this poorly constructed diatribe, and you'd be smart to save your bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: F
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 18, 2008
Expelled may prove to be as controversial as the producers hope, but the reactions will be more entertaining and elucidating than the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 18, 2008
"...raises some interesting questions about evolutionary theory, but does so in such a smug, disingenuous and self-serving manner it's hard to take the movie seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 18, 2008
Either the filmmakers suckered these [pro-Darwinist] participants under false pretenses, or the evolutionists are more open to debate than Stein suggests.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2008
The movie itself is an example of design by faith and emotion rather than intelligence, defined as rationality grounded in proof.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 18, 2008
One of the sleaziest documentaries to arrive in a very long time, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 17, 2008
Stein claims to denounce the tyranny of dogma, then browbeats us with his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 17, 2008
Stein spends the first half of the movie setting himself a trap, and the second half squirming in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 16, 2008
[T]he No. 1 agenda [here] has much less to do with academic freedom than with political ideology.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 16, 2008
A cynical attempt to sucker Christian conservatives into thinking they're losing the 'intelligent design' debate because of academic 'prejudice.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 16, 2008
The filmmakers' intentions are kept deliberately vague but it's a surprisingly entertaining and informative doc that at least tries to address the debate over 'intelligent design' from another angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 16, 2008
[I]n a saner universe... you could scoff at Stein and dismiss him and not give this propagandistic nonsense another thought. But... [y]ou need to see this movie because these people are not going away...
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2008
For a film about American freedom of expression and the necessity for open dialogue, it's hard to imagine Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed being more one-sided, narrow-minded, and intellectually dishonest.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
April 16, 2008
Bizarre and hysterical.
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Jeffrey Kluger
TIME Magazine
April 15, 2008
The man made famous by Ferris Bueller, however, quickly wades into waters far too deep for him.
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