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Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2006
Most of this doc is content to wander through Franken's recent show-biz resume, to no particular end.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 26, 2006
The documentary skims the surface, appreciating Franken's crass, troublemaking modus operandi. This would be OK if the doc were crammed with hilarious footage, but Franken comes off as more droll and bitter than clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
September 4, 2006
Somewhere beneath this hollow shell lies a real film about a gentle rebel with a cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2006
... best viewed as an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity, with Mr. Franken as a willing case study.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 15, 2006
But Kerry did not win, and for Franken fans, the target audience here, the memory of that event may hurt too much to laugh.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 5, 2006
Franken doesn't allow the knee-jerk predictability of his liberal pronouncements to deflate the great gasbag that he becomes as the movie proceeds.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2006
A documentary in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 6, 2006
What I was really itching for was for him to leave the political battlefield long enough to give us a scripted stand-up act as he'd do it for an audience at The Improv.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
September 13, 2006
cheated of some much-needed integrity
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike Russell
November 10, 2006
I haven't seen this much smug, awkward laughter and bathos since, well, Man of the Year.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 22, 2006
Dull, dull, dull.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2006
A better, less passé film about Al Franken's wife Franni forming the backbone of her husband's career lies dormant here, as does the man's rebel spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 25, 2006
There's so much previously available material used that for a while "God Spoke" looks like the first documentary assembled entirely from YouTube clips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
March 13, 2006
A cinema-verite portrait that proves more celebratory than revelatory.
September 14, 2006
There's a story to be told in Al Franken's transformation from smarty-pants Saturday Night Live personality to political commentator on the scrappy liberal radio station Air America, but Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus ... fail to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine
September 14, 2006
The movie never gets around to answering its central question: namely, why has Mr. Franken decided to go to Washington?
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 15, 2006
When he's on, he's hot, and when he's not, he's not.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
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Charles Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 21, 2006
Existing in the moment without inquiry or challenge, cinéma vérité fosters exactly the sort of refusal to think beyond the immediate that this film criticizes in right-wing dittoheads.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 8, 2006
Neither as adroitly funny as Franken's comic routines, nor as notable as his conversion to the fine art of politics, this is a 90-minute 'What If?' with no discernible answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 20, 2006
The film feels unfinished as Franken contemplates a run for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota, which might make God Spoke the set-up for a much more interesting sequel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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