What Would Jesus Buy? Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 6, 2007
What Would Jesus Buy? is must-see viewing for anyone who thinks of Christmas as just a mall and its night visitors.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 6, 2007
WWJB? encourages viewers to think outside the big box of super stores such as Wal-Mart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 30, 2007
What Would Jesus Buy? is paved with good intentions...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2007
Fake collar or not, he makes a pretty good preacher.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2007
It's a wickedly effective indictment of America's consumer compulsion, our mindless shopping and the multinational corporations controlling it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2007
If Gary Busey ever played Elmer Gantry, he'd look like Reverend Billy, the real-life fire-and-brimstone preacher who embarks ''on a mission to save Christmas from overconsumption."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 28, 2007
One of the producers of What Would Jesus Buy? was Morgan Spurlock, and the film is very much in the spirit of his Super Size Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2007
Part horror movie, part agitprop theater, What Would Jesus Buy? is a documentary on a mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 16, 2007
You know that deflated feeling you get after you've spent a lot of time and money shopping -- and have little to show for your efforts? This disappointing biography, about performance artist Reverend Billy, does an awfully good job recreating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
November 16, 2007
At the very least, the documentary What Would Jesus Buy? might make a viewer think twice about that next purchase at the Gap.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2007
Most viewers will be left to wonder whether the message is connecting.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 15, 2007
What Would Jesus Buy? is one of those all-too-common issue-docs that's so clear about its point that it's practically pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 15, 2007
This Rob VanAlkemade film has a good title and no focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
November 13, 2007
This production is slick, well-paced, and tremendously entertaining.