Gerrymandering Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 4, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
October 29, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
October 28, 2010

Reichert has to come up with some way to draw us in, and does so, for the most part, with some very entertaining, shocking and dastardly tales of gerrymandering to the extreme

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
October 24, 2010

The film's final statement is literally, "end gerrymandering,' which is hardly non-partisan itself.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
October 19, 2010

Reichert for the most part succeeds with a subject that's hard to get excited about.

Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2010

Works fine as civics instruction but it won't move the needle against this decidedly anti-democratic process.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 15, 2010

An important political subject gets sincere but slick treatment

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
October 15, 2010

An illustrated civics lesson that strains to make its complicated, shadowy subject -- electoral redistricting -- a political hot topic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5

San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
October 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
October 14, 2010

unable to clearly and succinctly identify the problem it has wrapped its eighty-odd minutes of thinly-developed footage around

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
October 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: C-
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
October 13, 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as the rare politician who supports reform in this timely exposť of how our democracy has slipped off its tracks.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
S. James Snyder
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 13, 2010

Good policy does not ensure good drama; Gerrymandering summarizes an urgent issue but forgets to detail the true fallout.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 12, 2010

The California campaign lends a slender structure to a doc that roves country- and history-wide in its attempt to explain how dirty politics have perverted the ideal of representation by population.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 11, 2010

Offers a critical assessment of a corrupt political tool exploited by both Republicans and Democrats.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2010

In trying to make the subject of gerrymandering interesting to the unwashed, Reichert has made it an ear- and eyesore for everyone else.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
October 6, 2010

Watching Gerrymandering is like taking a course on a subject you keenly want to learn about only to discover the lecturer is a boring, old windbag.

Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 5, 2010

A pedestrian doc about one form of political corruption in the U.S.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 6, 2010

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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