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Manufacturing Dissent Reviews

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

November 17, 2011
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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There's little to disagree with in the thumbnail portrait of Moore that emerges from this entertaining doc.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 11, 2007
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 5, 2007
Laura Bushell

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2007
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

October 5, 2007
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While Manufacturing Dissent provides little that is new, it does place the controversy in the larger context of the contradictory relationship between the pursuit of fame and journalistic integrity.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2007
Jette Kernion

A Michael Moore-style documentary about Moore himself.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2007
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Smart, fair primer on Michael Moore's divisive career offers a couple of eye-opening moments.

March 17, 2007
Joe Leydon
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An intelligent, provocative and, arguably, even necessary examination of the phenomenon of Michael Moore.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 13, 2007
Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2007
Sam Jordison

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2007
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies

October 5, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Useful but limited muckraking.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 31, 2007
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2007
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