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September 25, 2014
If you value civic equality and civil liberties, Citizen Koch is a must see.
August 24, 2014
For those who didn't know how flawed and manipulated the act of casting a ballot has become, "Citizen Koch" is a decent primer, but for everyone else long past the tipping point, this is just more evidence for a problem that currently has no solution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 25, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
It tosses out a lot of information and doesn't pull it into a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 2, 2014
May not be the most smoothly organized documentary of the year, but it certainly fires a lot of arrows at its target.
June 27, 2014
Separate and distinct from being utter catnip for politicos, the dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds... are terribly important ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4
June 27, 2014
Co-directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) cohesively illustrate what happens when the bad financial powers-that-be cannot be stopped.
June 27, 2014
As well-argued as it is, it lacks any real personality -- and so getting people to listen will be a challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 27, 2014
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.
June 25, 2014
Deal and Lessin's documentary isn't an anatomy of the so-called Kochtopus, nor is it a study of the Koch's business empire. A better title for this documentary might be "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Wisconsin."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2014
...a well-meaning documentary that is essentially unsatisfying because it takes on too many issues and allots its screen time unwisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2014
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2014
"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 19, 2014
It has about four good ideas for a feature documentary, though none of them quite lands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2014
It appears the filmmakers had noble intentions in revealing the inequity of influence from wealthy donors, i.e., the Koch brothers, "Citizen Koch" is muddied in its attempt. It fails to deliver its intended message...wake up, America, or we're screwed!
June 13, 2014
Though "Citizen Koch" attempts to be a hard-hitting documentary about the influx of obscene amounts of money from right-wing organizations funded by the Koch brothers, it falls short on many levels.
June 13, 2014
The documentary "Citizen Koch" is uneven and scattershot at times, but when you're target is as big and fat as corporate money in politics, you can afford to be a little scattersot and still hit your mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2014
The sad thing is, there are so many unexplored areas here that do deserve films, including a serious investigation of the Kochs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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