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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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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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
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
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 12, 2014
A fluid recap of familiar events through a partisan lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 12, 2014
This imparts such vital information that one can overlook the technical ineptitude.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 6, 2014
OK, but it drifts off base and gets a bit lost in Wisconsin
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
June 5, 2014
The inescapable conclusion from the film is that there is something even more distressing than the impact of near-unfathomable individual wealth on politics: the impact on public understanding of the issues.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2014
While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.
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David Ehrlich
AV Club
June 5, 2014
A spirited, convincing, and eminently watchable bit of agitprop edutainment, Citizen Koch, directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, is the latest liberal riposte to the conservative agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 4, 2014
"Citizen Koch" is kind of a mess. But it's a mess well worth discovering for yourself - and consider the history of its production and the situation it tries to capture.
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
June 2, 2014
Like their earlier Trouble the Water, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin portray men and women yearning for a simple place in society as they become casualties to the self-involvement of larger forces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
May 31, 2014
If you still don't believe that money drives American politics...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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