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Citizen Koch Reviews

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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
Jeff Baker
Oregonian
July 18, 2014
It tosses out a lot of information and doesn't pull it into a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine
June 12, 2014
If only [Citizen Koch] could have managed to bring home the anger.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 3, 2014
[Offers] up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 6, 2014
Too bad they didn't turn a grudge [against PBS] and resulting freedom into a more hard-hitting documentary that would more effectively prove their points.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
June 5, 2014
It's a simple story, with the Koch brothers as the obvious bad guys. But Deal and Lessin get too enamored of their on-the-ground reporting and lose sight of their main prey.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 5, 2014
[The] movie, which starts off shakily, is naggingly diffuse and bumps up against the problem of recounting the freshly remembered past.
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
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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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
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
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.
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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
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 29, 2013
Snaking through a tangle of interlocking ideas, threads and events, it never quite finds a unified focus.
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
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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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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
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