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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Reviews

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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2008
This film is an appallingly unscrupulous example of hack propaganda and it sucketh mightily. What's more, I didn't laugh once.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
Embracing evolutionary theory will turn you into a close-minded, God-denying Nazi -- that's the upshot of this ludicrous propaganda piece.
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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
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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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2008
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.
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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
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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
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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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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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Justin Chang
Variety
April 14, 2008
The film's flippant approach undermines the seriousness of its discourse, trading less in facts than in emotional appeals.