2016: Obama's America Reviews

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 31, 2012
The film is a sleepy dud, a polemic that, like D'Souza himself, is at once both outrageous and deeply boring.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 8, 2012
The film flutters to the ground like so much GOP convention confetti, all assertions, few facts and little substance other than the conspiratorial right wing talking points that are D'Souza's bread and butter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2012
As a pressing piece of propaganda, the film could use a louder voice and edgier tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 4, 2012
[This] unsubstantiated mess isn't much of a movie or a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 30, 2012
"2016: Obama's America" is the sort of paranoid, conspiracy-theory thriller I'm always a sucker for. But it's not as entertaining when it purports to be the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2012
The film is not after new insight; rather, it's intent on laying out the arguments of a man who has given the same lecture countless times. That makes for a sluggish film. Even its outrage falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Barsanti
August 23, 2012
...lush cinematography and a keen editing rhythm give at least the impression of a seriousness the film sorely lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Phil Contrino
Boxoffice Magazine
August 24, 2012
Conservatives have Dinesh D'Souza. Liberals have Michael Moore. We all lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
September 22, 2012
As questionable as right wing D'Souza's lack of unbiased assertions, is the seeming lack of anyone out there who can rise above being either a red state or blue state movie critic, when it comes to political documentaries in such a divided nation.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 4, 2015
This is neither printing the facts nor printing the legend: it's printing the flop sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rob Gonsalves
December 17, 2012
2016: Obama's America comes to seem like clownish alarmist speculation taking place in an echo chamber of talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
September 6, 2012
Anti-Obama documentary trades objectivity for persuasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
August 13, 2012
Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama's political supporters, but this isn't that kind of documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 19, 2012
D'Souza never actually shows...Obama's own words or deeds. Instead, he engages in guilt by association.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 27, 2012
The film asks the question "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?," then posits some disturbing answers. Disturbing, but dubious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 31, 2012
Every anti-Obama argument D'Souza makes from the right could be made, more forcefully, from the left.
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Rafer Guzman
August 28, 2012
Presented as a conspiracy-thriller with ominous music and zig-zaggy camerawork, "2016" hammers at suspicions, not issues -- a dishonorable tactic whether from the right or the left.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 31, 2012
Viewers may do some headscratching. This can be a very strange movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 4, 2012
The evidence is highly selective and varies widely in effectiveness, but D'Souza mounts his argument with a kind of calm intensity that gives it some credence-for a while, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
A nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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