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Mr. Smith captures ground-level political machinations in an utterly fascinating way. The question raised by the title makes for an interesting, if possibly disheartening, debate.
For all its rah-rah David-vs.-Goliath populism, Can Mr. Smith understands that even an uncorrupted outsider like Smith must master the art of campaign gamesmanship to be successful.
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is an amusing case study in youthful enthusiasm for the electoral process, but this modest documentary skips the weighty issues posed by its namesake, the Frank Capra 1939 drama.
[Director Frank] Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.
The movie is breezy, fun and keeps comin' at ya. Politics needs more of this and less of what went on in Ohio.
A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.
Como documentarista, Popper curiosamente reflete as virtudes e fragilidades de seu protagonista: tem o coração no lugar certo, mas demonstra inexperiência ao criar uma narrativa com certo carisma, mas claramente amadora.
... by-the-numbers and effective, if a bit overlong ...
Warm, funny, informative, breathlessly paced and inspiring.
Very enjoyable debut feature...Popper's camera captures the angst of the grassroots crusade in its massive slog for integrity on the campaign trail.
Although the outcome is public record, pic is undeniably gripping as it reveals a distressing degree of voter complacency.
Director Frank Popper has made a lively, engaging nail-biter of a film that recalls The War Room in its candor, intimacy and breathless pace.
Just like its subject, not everything goes right all the time for Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore, but the film is ultimately a fascinating, eye-opening portrait of an everyman's grab for a US Congressional seat.
An underfunded documentary about how sponsership really takes a large hand in politics.
[font=Century Gothic]"Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" is a perceptive documentary about Jeff Smith, a 29-year old professor, community activist and neophyte politician who is running for Congress in Missouri's Third District comprising St. Louis and environs. There are nine other Democrats running in the primary with the odds on favorite being Russ Carnahan, if only because he is a scion of a Missouri political dynasty. To combat this, Smith heads a valiant campaign staffed with non-professionals and hard working volunteers.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]What the film is generally concerned with is the status quo as personified by political dynasties. And the best way to combat that is good old fashioned shoe leather, for which there is no substitute. The movie refutes the electability myth which is supporting a candidate only because he can win, not because he is the best candidate. [/font]
A heartening look into the grassroots campaign trail, and dynastic and unbreakable incumbency politics in the United States. Can actual people prevail over polls and politics?
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