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Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

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October 5, 2006
Most of this doc is content to wander through Franken's recent show-biz resume, to no particular end.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
September 12, 2006
... best viewed as an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity, with Mr. Franken as a willing case study.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 6, 2006
A documentary in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 13, 2006
cheated of some much-needed integrity
| Original Score: 3/5
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-
August 22, 2006
Dull, dull, dull.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
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
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
September 15, 2006
When he's on, he's hot, and when he's not, he's not.
Read More | Original Score: 2.3/5
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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