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Bowling for Columbine Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A frustrating film that asks more questions than answers.
Jeremy Heilman
October 27, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 17, 2002
A lot of this is amusing and somehow telling. But what does it all add up to?
October 11, 2004
Bowling for dollars
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Nayman
October 2, 2002
While certain sequences hit home, the doc is sloppy and unfocused, guilty of the tabloid mentality Moore takes such pleasure in lampooning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
October 11, 2002
Glib, satirical documentary that fudges facts, makes facile points and engages in the cinematic equivalent of tabloid journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2002
Mr. Moore aims at so many targets and tilts at so many windmills that his arguments lose persuasion.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 31, 2002
A worthy successor to Roger & Me.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 15, 2003
...a documentary that walks up to the brink of the abyss, looks in, then stands back to giggle and shrug.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
January 22, 2003
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2002
A documentary that is both hilarious and sorrowful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
October 8, 2002
Regardless of how dubious its documentary tactics may be, Bowling for Columbine is powerful, thought-provoking, and, upon occasion, bitingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 21, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
October 10, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 1, 2002
The most bold and socially important film to hit theaters this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
October 11, 2002
Michael Moore's documentary on America, guns and bowling is infuriating, uneven and unfair -- and a riveting, don't-miss social critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
October 15, 2002
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2002
A flat-out brilliant cinematic essay on the issue of guns and violence in American society.
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