Citizen Koch (2014)



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Last year, public television officials pulled $150,000 in funds they had committed to the documentary and cancelled plans for the film's broadcast premiere, as reported by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, in fear of losing the financial backing of major PBS donor David Koch, the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist and WGBH and WNET trustee. In this stunning turn of events, CITIZEN KOCH was effectively censored from the public airwaves. After completing one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of all time to make up for the lost production funds, CITIZEN KOCH is now set to hit theaters nationwide. (C) Variance
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The movie bleakly emphasizes the sense of debilitating powerlessness of the average citizen without the means to bring anything but their vote to the ballot box.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Globe and Mail
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If the real triumph of the Tea Party is getting middle- and working-class citizens to vote against their own best interests, it's going to take a documentary more passionate and more revelatory than this one to make that point.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
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If you have a shred of idealism left, it's hard to watch "Citizen Koch" without a mounting sense of despair and outrage over the influence that money has come to wield over modern elections.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Washington Post
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"Citizen Koch" is preaching to the choir. Which might not be a pointless exercise, seeing how the choir failed to show up for the last midterm election in 2010, and might need extra motivation not to repeat that mistake this November.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Boston Globe
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"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Arizona Republic
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Most of the movie is a backgrounder on the Citizens United case, in which a deeply divided Supreme Court opened the door to truckloads of campaign cash from tycoons and corporations.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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I didn't think it was as bad as the critics are giving it. Definitely gives a nice understanding of the Citizens United Bill, Koch Brothers, Tea Party, and all that other good stuff. It can also be racist as hell sometimes (not the doc, the people they were showing). Good Concept, Decent execution.

Erick Freitas
Erick Freitas

I'm no american, this is an american film, for Americans. I tried to care but, I'm not american and politics is overrated.

Randy Pronk
Randy Pronk

A great doc that should be seen by every American (especially the average clueless Republican and those who don't vote), about how an outrageous decision of the Supreme Court set a precedent for campaign advertisement that would change forever the outcome of US elections.

Carlos Magalhães
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