Labor Day

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Filmmaker Glenn Silber examines a labor union that embodied the grassroots momentum of Obama's presidential campaign and played a pivotal role in his election. The documentary includes interviews with journalist Ted Koppel and Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, as well as a number of politicians.


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  • Director Glenn Silber's look at how window washers, public employees, janitors and other working men and women played a role in 2008's political events is heartening, and yet, a year after being filmed, unintentionally aggravating.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Rather than capturing the profound excitement so many people felt during the 2008 campaign, it just seems to be patting itself on the back.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film never finds drama, focus or any greater purpose other than some dubious horn-blowing about the SEIU being singularly responsible for electing President Obama.

    Oct 28, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Aaron Hillis

    Time Out
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  • I'd call Glenn Silber's Labor Day a well-intentioned but dull, video-ugly documentary if it weren't partly financed by its subject, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); that just makes it a crappy infomercial.

    Oct 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There's only so much rah-rah-sis-boom-ba you can take about a President elected on the premise of ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who has merely followed in his predecessor's footsteps of starving the U.S. into dirt.

    Nov 11, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Mildly engaging, but lacks sufficient insight, intrigue and provocativeness to rise above the kind of footage you'd typically find in an infomercial or, worse, in propaganda.

    Oct 31, 2009 | Rating: 5.0/10 | Full Review…

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