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Critic Reviews for Crawford
Unlike many political documentaries, this big-hearted, well-made film is genuinely interested in understanding both sides.
Focuses not on stereotypes but on human beings, who are a lot more complicated than red-and-blue, and the way political strategies touch their lives.
Modigliani is there from the beginning which helps bring potency and unexpected tragedy to the lives of both Bush's local supporters and his dissenters.
Audience Reviews for Crawford
George Bush Jr. moves to Crawford,TX. to improve his image in hopes of getting into The White House right before election time.Wow
This film reflects the experience of America during the time of George W. Bush by showcasing the denizens of the president's "home town" of Crawford, Texas during his administration.
The town is a metaphor for the greater country. People live in fear; fear of foreign terrorists, yes, but even more fearful of each other, and of the crushing conservative dogma of loyalty no matter the cost. Relationships are strained, emotions boil over, and the town goes through a dangerous turn that divides neighbors and causes irreparable harm.
This film does not take sides. It does not try to make Bush or his supporters look foolish; it gives them voice, while offering substantial time to opposing views, including those of activist Cindy Sheehan.
The people of Crawford are interesting, their stories inspiring, entertaining, and sometimes moving. This film should be viewed as a time capsule of America during the W. Bush era, and viewed by future generations in that light. It would make a worthy addition to any history class.
A very good, tame, interesting documentary that captures the mindset and attitude of a typical small town in Texas very well. Instead of focusing on the politics or personality of George W. Bush in a broad sense, it focuses on what residents think of Bush both as their leader and as their neighbor, without ever being heavy-handed or slanted. However, since "Crawford" did take such a mild and middle-of-the-road stance, no big issues, points, or arguments were brought up... which to be honest, is very nice. "Crawford" was made with classic "direct cinema" sensibilities instead of the hyper-aggressive "docu-ganda" style of Michael Moore and even Morgan Spurlock (who I have such great respect for). It tells us about a humble small town in Texas, and doesn't sensationalize it into something it shouldn't be. "Crawford" is definitely not some frantic leftist "docu-ganda", it is a sincere and honest film... which is honorable in itself, because I disagree completely with virtually everything Crawford's most famous resident does. But that's beside the point.
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