Electoral Dysfunction (2012)




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After discovering that the right to vote is missing from the U.S. Constitution, political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on a road trip to see how voting works -- and doesn't work -- in America. He heads to Indiana, home to some of the strictest election laws in the country, and meets one Republican and one Democrat who take him inside their efforts to get out every vote during the 2008 Presidential election. As he progresses on his journey, Mo searches for the Electoral College; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; investigates the heated battle over Voter ID and voter fraud; and explores the case of a former felon who was sentenced to ten years in prison -- for the crime of voting. -- (C) Official Site
Comedy , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Electoral Dysfunction

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Mo Rocca's faux-disingenuous tone and nonstop jocularity dominate the docu to quickly grating effect.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Top Critic

"Electoral Dysfunction" pulls off an admirable trick: It's pleasant. It treats Democrats and Republicans respectfully, and its humor, with the comic Mo Rocca as guide, is closer to Garrison Keillor than to Michael Moore.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Times
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A timely look at an important issue that's getting more hotly contested every month.

Full Review… | September 19, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Just a voting-for-dummies primer.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Village Voice
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An irreverent, civics-minded offering that's catnip for politicos and documentary film fans.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Electoral Dysfunction

Saw this film at the Montreal Film Festival and really loved it! It was funny and irreverent but made some serious and sobering points about the chaotic and unjust system of voting in the U.S. I found it eye-opening and thought-provoking and found Mo Rocca's style as "tour guide" very refreshing and warm...definitely a contrast to Michael Moore because Mo is much more even-handed and curious, not biased or out to prove his own points. This movie highlighted some specific areas that need reform and motivated me to want to get involved to make elections fairer. And it didn't paint only Republicans or only Democrats as villains or heroes -- it was complex and showed that both sides have been known to manipulate the incredibly decentralized system to their own advantage. Thumbs up!

Wren Kerrith
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