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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 31, 2012
The movie seems destined to irritate the president's supporters while mobilizing his detractors, even as it is doomed to win precious few converts. It's a textbook example of preaching to the choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2012
No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary.
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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
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
August 30, 2012
D'Souza's demented anti-Obama crusade feels personal more than political.
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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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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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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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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2012
An exercise in preaching to the choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Joe Leydon
August 3, 2012
While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of 2016 as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against [Obama].