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Al Franken: God Spoke Reviews

November 10, 2006
Whether one agrees with his point of view or not, it's a message worth hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2006
This film by Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus forces us to make some decisions about him. For myself, I find him generally gross, in person and in manner.
October 6, 2006
A documentary in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2006
Often entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2006
What this documentary lacks in intent, insight, and surprise it makes up for in thoroughness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2006
A fascinating combination of class clown and fact-happy debate-club president, Franken nonetheless makes for a compelling subject, but God Spoke veers uncomfortably into hagiography, especially as it winds down.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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 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
September 28, 2006
A sketchy but often entertaining record of satirist Al Franken's campaign to counteract what he perceives to be a right-wing conspiracy of lies and disinformation.
September 21, 2006
The filmmakers capture Franken's gradual transformation from cool satirist to impassioned activist in what turns out to be a vérité amble through a pivotal year in his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2006
Offers a portrait of this complex man that is -- dare we say it? -- fair and balanced.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
September 20, 2006
Fans of Franken as a comedian and/or as an Air America radio host, will find plenty to enjoy.
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
September 14, 2006
Proves to be an illuminating (if perhaps unintended) demonstration of how hard it is to keep one's sense of humor when mixing it up in the political mainstream.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2006
The film is worth seeing for footage of Bill O'Reilly seeking sympathy from Ann Coulter, who makes maternal noises with a mischievous glint in her eye.
September 14, 2006
This scattershot movie, shot over two years, follows the zigzag trail of political satirist Al Franken as he feuds with Bill O'Reilly, campaigns against George W. Bush, and helps establish Air America.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 13, 2006
There is a lot of preaching to the converted in Nick Doob and Chris Hedges' Al Franken: God Spoke, an adoring and fairly haphazard look behind the scenes with the comedian and liberal gadfly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2006
The film is most compelling for its suggestion of how politics and showbiz are at once incestuously entwined and, perhaps, irreconcilably different.
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
July 6, 2006
The film only sporadically succeeds in providing biographical information or thematic depth, but Franken is such a witty and thoughtful presence that these flaws don't matter greatly.
March 13, 2006
A cinema-verite portrait that proves more celebratory than revelatory.