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Captain Mike Across America (Slacker Uprising)

Captain Mike Across America (Slacker Uprising) (2008)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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Opinionated documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes an up-close look at the political leanings of college students in George W. Bush-era America with this effort shot during Moore's 60-city college campus tour in the months leading up to the 2004 election. The first feature-length film by a major director to make it's official premiere for free on the internet, Slacker Uprising finds Moore giving up any hope for making a profit on the film (which was budgeted at $2 million) in favor of getting


Documentary, Special Interest

Michael Moore

Oct 17, 2008

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Slacker Uprising leaves a hollow feeling, in contrast to the determinedly upbeat self-congratulatory message.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Whatever its intent, this interminable 96-minute highlight reel plays like Moore's homage to himself.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Moore's studentmobilization drive now looks prescient, but he should have kept this piece of wallpaper agitprop on the shelf.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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...this repetitious and self-indulgent hodgepodge comes across as a nostalgia-drenched vanity project, with far too much footage of various celebs at assorted gatherings introing Moore as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Captain Mike Across America is a shameless act of self-promotion even for a shameless self-promoter like Moore.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Decide for yourself what "Slacker Uprising" is and what the rewards were, if any; I had a real love-hate relationship with it...

October 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It doesn't offer enough fresh material either to inspire or to infuriate.

October 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Slacker Uprising feels more like a commercial for its maker than any sort of artistic endeavor, and because of the election's outcome, its release is more than a little baffling.

October 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Slacker Uprising is a minor Michael Moore work, without a doubt. It's for hardcore fans only. If you're one of them, it's worth a look, but don't expect to be blown away.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Political documentary is smug, sour, and sloppy.

September 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

There's something heartening about seeing thousands of people responding so happily to Moore's sane, actually unremarkable themes.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source:

Slacker Uprising is a grossly self-indulgent flick compared to Moore's other works -- a second trip to the Golden Corral buffet when your elastic waistband already reeks of fried okra.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

When Moore turns his camera around and says this film - this election - is about you, not him, the movie really clicks.

September 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

...too long and too repetitive to make any real impact...

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Captain Mike Across America is an information-free, narcissistic and self-congratulatory high-pitched whine from a sore loser.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Again, totally preaching to the choir (of which I'm obviously part), so I'm not sure what the intent is here. All I know is I liked it.

September 7, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Captain Mike Across America (Slacker Uprising)

Though there was the odd useful fact or touching moment, this "documentary" was largely a self-serving dud. Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle perform, Rosanne Barr does five minutes of decent stand-up, but otherwise, very little of interest happens. It's like watching Moore's Oscar Speech: The Road Show. I admire Moore as a flimmaker, but this film chronicles Moore right on the heels of Fahrenheit 9/11 - I think his sense of self-importance was incredibly inflated at the time. Skip this one.
December 8, 2010

Super Reviewer

Slacker Uprising seems to be a combination of the kind of footage you'd find on a "bonus disc" of a deluxe DVD release and self-fellatio; there's not alot here to find entertaining or even interesting if you're not a fanatical Michael Moore devotee or Moore himself. This documentary, which follows director Michael Moore around the country as he campaigns for the democratic party in the 2004 election, is available for free download online (and watching it seems to be a chore you wouldn't want to pay for) at "[url=""][/url]". Very little production seems to have gone into the film (or even the tour itself), which suffered from poor editing and especially poor sound mixing (I found myself having to constantly adjust the volume as some scenes blared and others whispered). The focus of Moore's 2004 election tour centered on the war in Iraq, getting Bush out of office, and getting college kids to vote. He brought out many guest musicians who sang protest songs (including a truly dreadfully self-aggrandizing acoustic performance by "Rage Against the Machine's" Tom Morello) mired in the kind of self-importance only protest songs seem capable of manufacturing. Michael Moore seems to be the kind of person when, even when he's right (as he was about Iraq), he generates a great deal of hostility. For whatever reason, he manages to strike an unappealing chord in alot of peoples' hearts. It's just fortunate for him that his opponents are so much more wrong-headed and unappealing in their views and positions, they come off in this film as little more than shaved baboons (and it's not through editing or special effects either, they're really just that stupid). Despite the controversys surrounding the tour, and subsequent attempts by local republican politicians and businessmen to get the rallies shut down, there's little that's actually happening in this film. The rallies, speeches and protest songs for the first 70 plus minutes, make it seem as though you're watching C-span coverage rather than an actual documentary. And the Bush presidency or even the 2004 election holds very little relevency post Obama election. Slacker Uprising is a film that died at birth. Better luck next time, Michael Moore.
November 30, 2008
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Definately not a regular awesome Moore doc. Seems like it was just thrown together and especially seems irrelevant because Bush has been in office for the past 8 years, but also is strange because we just elected Obama!
December 26, 2008

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