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Manufacturing Dissent (2007)

Manufacturing Dissent

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 2,229

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Movie Info

In an era where fact, fiction, and legend have become increasingly difficult to distinguish, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine set out to explore the politically charged climate in America and find out just how documentary director Michael Moore has evolved from a simple filmmaker into an icon of left-leaning politics.

Rating:
R (for some language)
Genre:
Documentary , Television , Special Interest
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 6, 2007
Runtime:
Films Transit International


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Critic Reviews for Manufacturing Dissent

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (11) | DVD (5)

A solid, well-done and seemingly balanced look at Moore's work, his celebrity, his methods and the ethical problems in his reporting.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There's little to disagree with in the thumbnail portrait of Moore that emerges from this entertaining doc.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Some of the accusations in this documentary by a pair of Canadian filmmakers who initially set out to make a positive portrait, will make your eyes water.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Too bad co-writers/co-directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine don't investigate -- and ingratiate -- the way their target does in his own films.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Useful but limited muckraking.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Manufacturing Dissent comes across less as an expose of a polarizing public figure than as the realization of a personal and not especially interesting grudge against a once-admired colleague who has moved on to bigger things.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This even-handed effort simply doesn't probe deep enough.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Empire Magazine

With a wide-ranging array of interviewees and an amusingly Moore-like approach to its subject, Manufacturing Dissent is an enjoyable documentary, whether you're pro-Moore, anti-Moore or indifferent.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
ViewLondon

Exposes a paranoid personality, testy with his critics and bullish about his methodology.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Daily Telegraph

Moore's reputation as a brilliant polemicist takes a knock or two, here. But it's still very much upright.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Guardian

A few serious points against Moore's credibility are overshadowed by a lot of dull posturing, unconvincing argument and unpleasant interviews. It's nothing like as good as the films made by the man it maligns.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Film4

The problem in making a documentary about Moore, though, is that it probably won't be as interesting as a documentary made by him, even if his techniques are used.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
BBC.com

The big question you have to ask yourself is: do these dishonest work practices actually undermine the message he's trying get across? The answer is probably not... because Moore is already preaching to the converted.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Sky Movies

This hugely entertaining documentary turns Michael Moore's filmmaking style back on himself to separate the facts from the rumours. It's not a hatchet job, but Moore doesn't emerge unscathed.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Though much of what's in the film isn't new information, seeing it all compiled in one place and building to its damning argument against Moore is effective and disturbing.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Boxoffice Magazine

Manufacturing Dissent seems disingenuous at times and just plain stupid at others.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Jam! Movies

A Michael Moore-style documentary about Moore himself.

Full Review… | April 4, 2007
Cinematical

Caine and Melnyk's film is intent in questioning such legitimacies, which it does well; it's just as propagandistic as a Michael Moore film, but not as entertaining.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Manufacturing Dissent seeks to criticize Michael Moore's documentary tactics, while simultaneously using those same tactics unsuccessfully in the creation of the film.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Manufacturing Dissent

Manufacturing Dissent is an interesting documentary that looks at controversial filmmaker Michael Moore. Canadian documentarian Debbie Melnyk follows Moore's 2004 Slacker Uprising tour while discussing his divisive career, and interviewing his former friends and associates. The film makes an interesting point of how Moore has a pattern of burning his bridges, and alienating or betraying his supporters. To that end, Melnyk begins sympathetic toward Moore but ends up becoming a victim of his tactics of deception and manipulation. Unfortunately, the picture quality is rather low end and there are several times that the narrative appears to lack direction. Yet despite its flaws, Manufacturing Dissent provides an intriguing perspective on Michael Moore's journey.

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Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

After seeing the terrible Farenhype 911 doc that was clearly anit-Moore, but did have a few interesting things to say I had no intention of ever watching this one. However, sitting on a plane and not wanting to watch a fictional movie where I'm just not going to get to pay as much attention to as I'd like to, I chose this one. And much to my surprise, even though the video system went down, I went out and rented it the next day to finish it because I found it pretty interesting. Not the best doc ever made, more like the TV special I think it was intended as, this is a great look into Moore's manipulation of facts and media to make himself into what he is today. Politics aside, it's an interesting look at a self made celebrity and the lengths he will go to retain that. Also, it's truly scary watching his brainwashed followers AKA young democrats. Eg:
Moore: Look at those Republicans over there!
Crowd: BoooooO!
Moore: No, let's not boo them. Unlike them we like to hear other opinions!
Crowd: Yaaaaay.

Yikes! I definitely lean more to the left (maybe it's my shoes), but a lot of Moore's speeches remind me of Bob Roberts. I remember feeling tricked when I found out about the untruths in his documentaries, I always considered myself not to follow people blindly, but I seriously feel kinda stupid for buying some of the crap he was dishing out. Did I really think a bank would just hand someone a gun? What the hell is wrong with me? Anyway, because of Moore I now question all documentaries more than I should and take everything said in any "editorial" documentary with a grain of salt, because not only is the view possibly one-sided, but now it could just be a downright lie.

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Christopher Brown

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