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Grassroots Reviews

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Niki Boyle
The List

A movie populated by dislikeable characters and written/directed with no aplomb whatsoever ...

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

For what it's worth, Grassroots features Cedric the Entertainer's best performance to date.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
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This is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 10, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

You'll root for the giant all the way.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

November 8, 2012
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Grassroots is so in love with its titular spirit that an underlying note of cynicism is never fully embraced... With results at the ballot so close to the line, though, one might reasonably expect a bit of a mixed message to emerge.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

October 14, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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At first glance, "Grassroots" doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 13, 2012
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

It isn't entirely clear what Stephen Gyllenhaal sees in the material apart from some lukewarm raging against the machine.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

July 9, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Poli-sci students may roll their eyes at true story of an upstart campaign for Seattle City Council.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 25, 2012
Harvey S. Karten

Gives the impression that a city council campaign in Seattle is followed by only a bunch of youths whooping it up.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

July 7, 2012
Marc Mohan

If the real Cogswell was this mercurial and monomaniacal then its both surprising and troubling that he came so close to acquiring real political power.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

June 28, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

Tale of a Seattle race for city council is strident and ultimately tiresome.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 12, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
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Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 19, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

A call to citizen participation [through a] portrait of shoe leather political organizing pre-social media is lively, but seems more enjoyably quaint than inspiring.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

July 13, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2012
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

Though Grassroots is, first and foremost, a film for the campaign's contemporaries, it's also a call-to-action to modern youth everywhere to get involved in local politics.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2012
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

You don't have to look too far these days to notice films abounding with jobless and financially struggling characters, in stark contrast to the recession-proof movies they inhabit. Top that off with emerging election year movies, and enter Grassroots.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

July 21, 2012
James Mottram
Total Film

With Avatar's Moore on inspiring form, and Biggs the best he's been since early Pie, this is still worth your vote.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The funny adventures of two little guys who enter the tricky world of politics with nothing but passion and a dream.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2012
Rich Cline

There's a terrific sense of righteous anger in this scruffy comedy about disenfranchised people shaking American politics to its core.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 9, 2012
Rich Cline
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Ronnie Scheib
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