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Citizen Koch Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
September 25, 2014
If you value civic equality and civil liberties, Citizen Koch is a must see.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
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
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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.
Jeff Baker
July 18, 2014
It tosses out a lot of information and doesn't pull it into a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Brent Simon
Paste Magazine
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
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
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.
Mike Scott
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
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Alonso Duralde
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.
Richard von Busack
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
Sarah Boslaugh
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2014
"Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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!
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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.
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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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