Gerrymandering (2010)

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Right now, across the country, our two major political parties are gearing up for a once-a-decade war whose winner will control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more. There will be battles in every state, and each will be kept carefully hidden from the prying eyes of average voters who only become more disenchanted with their government with each meaningless election. Democrats and Republicans collude to keep these skirmishes private so that they can maintain total control over the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
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Written By: Jeff Reichert
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On DVD: Oct 23, 2012
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Gerrymandering

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

The film's basic premise -- why can't politics be a reasonable, logical enterprise (like, say, making an indie documentary?) -- is at odds with the realities not just of the American political process but also human nature.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
Boston Globe
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It jumps around from California to Texas to Iowa to Louisiana and back, quite literally all over the map, with lots of numbingly repetitive cartographic visuals.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Washington Post
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An illustrated civics lesson that strains to make its complicated, shadowy subject -- electoral redistricting -- a political hot topic.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
New York Times
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Maybe the whole topic is just too esoteric to warrant feature-length dissection without a craftier firebrand like Michael Moore at the helm.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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While the film adopts a sometimes jaunty tone, the fact is that gerrymandering is bad news, assuming you believe that elections should mean something.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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If we stipulate that gerrymandering is a pox on the American political process, do we have to sit through a documentary that makes that case in the most earnest, predictable way possible?

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Gerrymandering

"Gerrymandering" is an uneven documentary look into the eponymous practice of unfairly redistricting in order to favor one political party over another, that is exacerbated by one party simply giving up and not running any candidates in that district anymore. Fortunately, there is an innovative way to combat this. In 2010, Californians get to vote on Prop 11 which proposes taking redistricting out of the politicians' hands and putting it in the hands of ordinary citizens. As then Governor Schwarzenegger eloquently put it, it takes the conflict of interest out of the whole equation.(Yeah, I was shocked, too.)

The rest of the documentary does not work nearly as well, even though showing the shape of a representative's district when he is being interviewed is a very nice tough. Outside of wisely having Lani Guinier testify, most of the evidence the documentary employs is on the anecdotal side when instead it should have used a clear timeline in showing how gerrymandering has been used to disenfranchise minorities over the years.(The bit about Martha's Vineyard threatening to secede from Massachusetts is hilarious, if untintentionally so.) And like most movies, "Gerrymandering" could have definitely used more armadillo racing.

Harlequin68
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