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One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Exactly the sort of starry-eyed, bullet-spraying hyperbole that drains credibility from any brand of political discourse.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 13, 2005
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Just too hagiographic to engage anyone but the most nostalgic follower of the 1972 campaign.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 6, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Parallels to the current day are plain to see, so Vittoria's insistence on juxtaposing images of contemporary politicians and an angry narration only undercut the power of his otherwise absorbing presentation.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An effort to secure former Sen. George McGovern's place in history, and it does a pretty good job.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2005
Kent Turner

The documentary will appeal to those who like their political commentary with unbridled bite.

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

September 16, 2005
John Anderson
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What the film aims to show -- and does well ... is that McGovern's grassroots, anti-establishment tactics and ultimate victory at the Democratic convention was, and remains, an example of what U.S. politics strive, and generally fail, to achieve.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 11, 2005
Ned Martel
New York Times
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A wan but well-researched apotheosis of the former senator from South Dakota.

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

September 16, 2005
Joshua Tanzer

This is an excellent time to remind ourselves of this story. Another McGovern would have been a good thing to have the last five years.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2005
Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly
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[A] surprisingly thorough film.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 17, 2005
Harvey S. Karten

A Politics 101 view of a presidential candidate whose victory might have made America an object lesson in decency.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

September 1, 2005
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

"The Establishment... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation."

Full Review

September 11, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

August 11, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Goes] a long way to rehabilitating this unfairly maligned candidate.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2005
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

In terms of recapturing the time that was, One Bright Shining Moment is rather effective -- although it feels to be revealing that time from certain distance.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2005
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one; if it does nothing else it should bring this decent and courageous prairie populist, whose very name has become a patently unfair term of abuse, before at least a few members of a new generation.

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September 16, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film builds a strong argument in favor of his quixotic idealism and the compassionate optimism that propels him against seemingly invincible social ills even today at age 83.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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... largely succeeds.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 23, 2005

E! Online

If you're a history-politics buff, you're gonna want to seize this Moment.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

September 16, 2005
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