Bowling for Columbine

2002

Bowling for Columbine

Critics Consensus

Though it may not always convince, Bowling for Columbine asks important questions and provokes thought.

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Total Count: 170

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A look at America's love affair with firearms and the pathology of violence in the United States, which has the highest gun-murder rate in the world. The question of why Canada - with 7 million guns for its total of 10 million households - doesn't suffer from the horrific gun violence of its large neighbor to the south is examined.

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  • Apr 20, 2012
    A terrific portrait of a America full of fears and violence, a great masterpiece by Michael Moore. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2012
    A pretty good look into what happened at Columbine, however although it sets out the premise of being about Columbine, I believe it really is about guns in general. No one doubts that guns can be extremely useful when in danger yourself, for example at war but surely in the West we don't need that kind of protection in our own homes? It brings up a lot of good points especially where Moore compares the US to other countries such as Canada, the UK and Europe but I particularly adored Manson's quote that he wouldn't say anything to the kids, he'd listen. Such a great documentary, a must see.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    Bowling for Columbine is a great documentary film from filmmaker Michael Moore. The film takes a look at America's obsession with guns. The film is very revealing in the way Michael Moore raises his points, and he gives plenty of good points, while at times making himself look like a bad guy. I personally think Michael Moore should have approached it from a different angle. However this film is important, and it can't be dismissed that easily. The film raises important questions, and include great interviews, some of which I found surprising. My favorite interview subject was Marilyn Manson who gave a very intelligent interview, and who was the prime target after the Columbine High School Massacre. There are some aspects of the film that I didn't like, for example when Moore attempted to interview Charlton Heston, and Heston didn't want to answer and walked away, one thing that I thought that Moore shouldn't have done was to chase down Charlton Heston; he clearly didn't want to talk about the issue at hand. I felt it was kind of unnecessary to do that. I don't agree with what Charlton Heston did, but neither was Michael Moore in trying to get a reply. I don't think the way that Moore asked Heston about the issue was handled properly. Bowling for Columbine is a good documentary that raises important questions. If you enjoy a good documentary about important issues, then this is the one to see.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Exceptional. I have always followed the story about the 'Columbine Shootings' and to see the victims of it was so poignant and heart wrenching. Really great documentary from Michael Moore. Excellent!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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