Acorn and the Firestorm (2018)



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ACORN, America's largest grassroots community organizing group, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama's victory. Big businesses, Republicans and Right-wing activists took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The conservative opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today's political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a deep, uniquely fair, moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.

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Critic Reviews for Acorn and the Firestorm

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The organization's past is remarkable and worth celebrating, but it's impossible to appreciate the full sweep of ACORN's legacy without seeing it in the context of the corruption that now stands in its place.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A useful bit of history that arrives an election or two too late.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie, directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard, makes the point that before any of the negative publicity, Acorn was an important voice for lower-income Americans.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Fitfully illuminating, haphazardly structured, and terribly titled...

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's no great shakes filmmaking-wise, but does put together a compelling story that was in many ways a precursor for the Trump era.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

ACORN and the Firestorm ... brings us the often sordid tale of the takedown of this once-proud-and-successful agency.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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