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The End of America (2008)

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The filmmakers who rattled viewers with The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Daniel Hunt return to explore outspoken author Naomi Wolf's controversial claim that America has begun a frightening descent into dictatorship with this documentary that takes its title from the incendiary novel of the same name. Is American democracy, as we know it under attack? By examining the chilling parallels between the current state of our nation and the ascent of dictators and fascism in other once-free societies, Wolf urges viewers to open their eyes to the horrors that could lie ahead. From the increased use of paramilitary groups to the construction of secret prisons and the targeted suspension of the rule of law, the warning signs are all there for people to wake up and finally take notice.

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Critic Reviews for The End of America

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Tightly constructed and fiercely one-sided.

December 3, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Despite the totalitarian drumbeating and the Constitution love, the movie feels strangely ahistorical and lacks real systemic analysis.

Full Review… | December 2, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Its very easy to cherry-pick examples and fit them into a previously existing model.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Movie Metropolis

This gripping documentary details the ten step blueprint Hitler and other dictators used to subvert democratic process and personal freedoms. Then it compares historical events with what's happening in America today. Scary stuff.

Full Review… | May 27, 2009
About.com

It's actually an intriguingly level-headed approach to a hugely emotive issue.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

Attempting to transform this kind of polemic into an engaging piece of cinema might seem the height of folly. However, filmmakers Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern are more than up to the task.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for The End of America

½

the doc is presented in somewhat tacky fashion (think inconvenient truth with only those flashbacks about gore's life, that's the taste of it) and has bad audio. also, a lot of the points are biased, redundant, and something you hear all the time now about obama from the tea party. this film is not of liberal slant but of libertarian slant, btw. however, there are some disturbing moments. for instance, the high amount of legal language taken directly from nazi terms makes you wonder whether there were nazi fetishists in the administration. and the ssss list full of liberal journalists was frightening.

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

It certainly makes you think, and it?s hard to dispute the claims made by Naomi Wolf. What the Bush administration got away with is frightening, but it?s hardly over. The damage Bush has done will not be undone instantly now that he is gone. Wolf is an excellent speaker, her point is always very clear and well said. The problem is, the people who need to watch this likely will not.

James Higgins
James Higgins

80/100. It certainly makes you think, and it's hard to dispute the claims made by Naomi Wolf. What the Bush administration got away with is frightening, but it's hardly over. The damage Bush has done will not be undone instantly now that he is gone. Wolf is an excellent speaker, her point is always very clear and well said. The problem is, the people who need to watch this likely will not.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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