The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers).
| Original Score: 2/4
A shaggy look at the history of subliminal messaging and advertising in the United States that leaves one wanting for the pruning of a sensible editor.
| Original Score: C-
Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative.
| Original Score: 4/5
Serves as a vital wake-up call and manages to be simultaneously entertaining, provocative and enraging--just as all harsh truths, sans euphemisms, should be presented.
| Original Score: 7.68/10
Some excellent interviews and a thoughtful global consideration of its topic more than offset an enervated tone.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ignore the negative reviews. This film is essential viewing for those trying to get a handle on the Orwellian world we are living in today.
"Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Imperfect but important documentary about subliminal messaging.
What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form.
The results are irritating, occasionally educational, and frustratingly insight-free.
Any attempt to explore how the powers that be are subtly manipulating us rapidly devolves into simple retellings of various urban legends, not to mention the inclusion of poorly executed interviews...
| Original Score: 1/5
It seems that the filmmaker has a very broad view of what subliminal messaging is all about.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Programming the Nation? fails to stick to its stated subject or to coherently fit it into well-trod America-as-propaganda-mill boilerplate.
The film follows too many tangents, including film editing, sound and the purportedly evil effects of rock lyrics, to adequately consider any of them.