What Would Jesus Buy? Reviews

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June 12, 2010
In WWJB, we don't really feel like we get to know anyone that well, not even the primary subjects of the film: Billy and his choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
This funny, yet thought provoking film asks many questions that have plagued consumerism for decades. While much of the ground tracked over is old, it fits perfectly into the modern economic situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com
June 14, 2008
So we need a better movie about this subject. As usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 12, 2008
The shopaholic wages of sin are...the Shopocalypse!
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
Reverend Billy is a charismatic presence, even if his shtick is too silly and the documentary too unfocused to motivate any serious change in the nation's holiday spending habits.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
Seeing WWJB? in a theater is not necessary, although seeing him and the choir hijacking a mall in person would be better than Beowulf in IMAX.
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Talen runs the risk of losing his purpose amid his performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 11, 2008
These bits of information could have been shocking in about 1940, 1980 and 1990. But by now, Americans who don't know couldn't care less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
The good reverend and his crew do their best to get busted at assorted corporate shrines (Disneyland, the Mall of America), but their media-driven antics serve only to underline Spurlock's add-water-and-stir approach to political documentary.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 21, 2007
Having illuminated the many dimensions in that vast universe between the flat affect of creative depression and the modish affectation of emo posing, Corbijn manages Control with elegant, understated veneration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 21, 2007
While the movie may be a good vehicle for Rev. Billy's points, it's too tied to his point of view.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 17, 2007
Genuine and meaningful provocateurs like Talen are vital, and his message is a glad one to anymore who abhors the WalMart-ification of America.
David Frese
Kansas City Star
December 14, 2007
And as far as sermons go, it's a good one. You just wish the director had found someone else to deliver it.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 13, 2007
An amiable but also angry documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Kosidowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 13, 2007
Obvious or not, heeding Reverend Billy's anti-Shopacolypse gospel could make your holidays a little simpler, sweeter, and saner.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 8, 2007
It's not much of a film, but it's a swell opinion column.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 7, 2007
I really like the message the movie has to say... I just wish the whole package were good enough to recommend as a gift to give yourself instead of another hour and a half at the mall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 7, 2007
While you can appreciate what the choir and the film are trying to say, too often they get bogged down in trying to spread that message. They also take themselves a little too seriously at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
December 7, 2007
My nomination for a new Christmas perennial: What Would Jesus Buy?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 7, 2007
Watch it, then cut back on your credit-card purchases and say Hallelujah! to Reverend Billy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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