...So Goes the Nation Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The star of the show is Paul Bagala, who in no uncertain terms points out the foibles of his own side's defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
February 17, 2007
A fair warning that the world is watching to see whether Karl Rove and company put their thumbs on the scales again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2006
This informative documentary offers a sound, if uninspiring lesson in civics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 22, 2006
Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2006
The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe -- but that still leaves too many unanswered questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 2, 2006
Um olhar imparcial sobre as estratégias de democratas e republicanos durante a eleição presidencial de 2004, o filme buca analisar os erros e acertos que conduziram à reeleição de Bush, oferecendo respostas inteligentes e, muitas vezes, surpreendentes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 5, 2006
An unpretty picture of the 2004 Presidential election campaign animated by big money, power politics, negative campaign ads, and hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 3, 2006
Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo make Ohio a confounding crucible of the American political machine and a microcosm of the country's cultural and socioeconomic fractures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 19, 2006
Supported by commentary from both Republican and Democratic operatives, the movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message. The truth and verifiability of that message is something else again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 19, 2006
Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo captured fascinating glimpses of the action leading up to the election, as well as the Monday morning quarterbacking (from Republicans and Democrats) about what went wrong or right.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
October 19, 2006
From its riveting opening to its gripping conclusion, . . . So Goes the Nation is arguably the most intelligent, kinetic analysis of the modern election process since The War Room.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2006
Particularly valuable for its insightful and ultimately depressing portrait of political machinations.
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Ana Marie Cox
TIME Magazine
October 12, 2006
It shows that the rules of politics remain pretty simple: stay on message and don't say stupid stuff. Advice that's as straightforward as good steak -- and just as easy to screw up.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 6, 2006
Directors Adam Del Deo and James Stern focus on fieldworkers for both Bush and John Kerry -- plus voters of various loyalties -- in the days leading to the election.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 5, 2006
One still feels twinges of rue at the fair and foul means through which voters were persuaded to re-elect a president widely considered unpopular and, thus, vulnerable to defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
October 5, 2006
A strikingly mature, but no less passionate, counterpoint to many of the season's angrier political documentaries.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 4, 2006
A what went wrong? documentary that succinctly and ruthlessly dissects the battle for Ohio in the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 4, 2006
Neither newly revelatory nor formally innovative, docu's even-handed style cannily enables IFC's simultaneous... release in theaters and on cable.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 4, 2006
... So Goes the Nation sticks to reporting. Unlike most political documentaries, it doesn't preach -- to the choir or to anyone else.
| Original Score: 3/4
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
October 3, 2006
A detailed and somewhat straggling account of the 2004 presidential election's flashpoint climax in Ohio.
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