America: Freedom to Fascism (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

America: Freedom to Fascism (2006)



Critic Consensus: This documentary about the American income tax and whether citizens must pay it is more of a scattershot diatribe than a persuasive argument.

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Former rock & roll promoter and manager-turned-political activist Aaron Russo sets out to discover the truth behind the Internal Revenue Service in an eye-opening documentary filmed to find out if there is any existing law that requires Americans to pay an income tax. What Russo claims to uncover in his nonpartisan investigation is a systematic erosion of civil liberties implemented by wealthy bankers in the early 19th century and subsequently proliferated by a government more interested in ruling the people than serving them. Interviews with former U.S. congressmen, a former IRS commissioner, a variety of former agents for the IRS and FBI, authors, and tax attorneys paint an ominous image of how various components including the Federal Reserve, national identity cards, voter fraud, income tax, and the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems in tracking everyday citizens are all coming together behind the scenes to pave the way for an all-powerful police state the likes of which would send chills down the spine of George Orwell.
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Critic Reviews for America: Freedom to Fascism

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

Russo's brand of libertarianism is at best naive and at worst tin-foil-hat crazy.

October 5, 2006
Arizona Republic
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Essentially the filmmaking equivalent of an enraged blog on the Web -- pointed and provocative, but not exactly a comprehensive source for the issues it addresses.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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While the film -- which Russo produced, directed, edited and wrote -- has some fascinating and compelling arguments, it quickly assumes the tone of an angry diatribe rather than a well-reasoned political discussion.

August 7, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The mess we're in never looked so messy.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
New York Times
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As if anticipating bad reviews, Russo ends his scattershot assault with a preemptive strike against the media: 'It's just the Federal Reserve System trying to save itself.' If you buy that line, then I'm the great-grandson of a 1913 conspirator.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism can't even think straight, it's so mad.

July 27, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for America: Freedom to Fascism

Excellent movie, extensive examples make the points in the movie clear and irrefutable. It's hard to imagine what kind of people would take the time to see such a documentary, then come here and blast it. Clearly people who are either threatened by it, whether afraid it's real or afraid of the backlash. A must see film if you care to begin making sense of the insanity of the behavior of our federal government.


Plentifully accurate information and genuine questions, but fails to provide any answer to the biggest question "what do we do about the problem?".

Darrin Craig
Darrin Craig

Plentifully accurate information and genuine questions unanswered but fails to provide it's own answer to the question "what do we do about the problem?".

DC Fixx
DC Fixx

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