Always the underdog, [Moore]'s fighting hard against just about everyone here, but mostly he's fighting to give a movie that's saddled with a terminally unclear thesis some sense of gravitas.
| Original Score: 1/4
A lot of this is amusing and somehow telling. But what does it all add up to?
Bowling for dollars
| Original Score: 3/5
While certain sequences hit home, the doc is sloppy and unfocused, guilty of the tabloid mentality Moore takes such pleasure in lampooning.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Glib, satirical documentary that fudges facts, makes facile points and engages in the cinematic equivalent of tabloid journalism.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mr. Moore aims at so many targets and tilts at so many windmills that his arguments lose persuasion.
A worthy successor to Roger & Me.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is a film that will have people walking out halfway through, will encourage others to stand up and applaud, and will, undoubtedly, leave both camps engaged in a ferocious debate for years to come.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...a documentary that walks up to the brink of the abyss, looks in, then stands back to giggle and shrug.
| Original Score: B-
Moore's statement on American paranoia extends back to the colonists. Would there have been a revolution if King George III had imposed a waiting period and trigger locks on muskets?
| Original Score: 4/5
A documentary that is both hilarious and sorrowful.
Regardless of how dubious its documentary tactics may be, Bowling for Columbine is powerful, thought-provoking, and, upon occasion, bitingly funny.
Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
This is a movie that you will want to discuss with other people, and that's the sign of a director who has done his job.
| Original Score: A+
The most bold and socially important film to hit theaters this year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Michael Moore's documentary on America, guns and bowling is infuriating, uneven and unfair -- and a riveting, don't-miss social critique.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alternately thought-provoking and thoughtless, invigorating and infuriating. But at the very least, it does the valuable service of getting Americans talking beyond patriotic cant and clichés.
A flat-out brilliant cinematic essay on the issue of guns and violence in American society.
[Michael Moore's] brilliant at what he does, but I don't think he's always being honest.