Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Reviews

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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 4, 2008
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.
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: D+
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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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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
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 28, 2008
The movie is unpersuasive, but it's amusing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Humanick
Suite101.com
December 17, 2008
To grant Expelled any credibility beyond the opening minutes requires nothing short of a leap of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Steven Hyden
AV Club
April 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: F
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...
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