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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Reviews

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Rob Humanick
December 17, 2008
To grant Expelled any credibility beyond the opening minutes requires nothing short of a leap of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 4, 2008
This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions, segues between quotes that are not about the same thing, tells bald-faced lies, etc.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 3, 2008
Despite some occasionally sloppy filmmaking, I think the picture is worth a look. It raises important ideas and issues, asks important questions. No one could argue against that, right? Bueller...Bueller...Bueller...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Ignorance may be bliss, but encouraging it, as Expelled does, ought to be a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
Like Moore, whose documentary-cum-polemical style they are clearly imitating, the makers of Expelled give their critics too much ammunition, so even if you're sympathetic to some of the ideas and the underlying argument, it is still difficult to defend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 27, 2008
Don't expect any serious debate here about God and evolution. This documentary is like watching a paranoiac making fun of a hysteric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 27, 2008
If someone believes in the Tooth Fairy, can they complain about not being taken seriously at dental school?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2008
This film is an appallingly unscrupulous example of hack propaganda and it sucketh mightily. What's more, I didn't laugh once.
| Original Score: 0/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 28, 2008
The movie is unpersuasive, but it's amusing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
Embracing evolutionary theory will turn you into a close-minded, God-denying Nazi -- that's the upshot of this ludicrous propaganda piece.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2008
Might there be a way to get to God through science? It's a fascinating notion and I wish the slickly produced Expelled investigated it more thoroughly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Hyden
AV Club
April 24, 2008
Expelled is a classic bait-and-switch, presenting itself as a plea for freedom in the scientific marketplace of ideas, while actually delivering a grossly unfair, contradictory, and ultimately repugnant attack on Darwinists.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2008
Regardless of your personal views, Expelled's heavy-handed bias (a visit to Darwin's home gets the same eerie music as a tour of Dachau) is exasperating.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 22, 2008
Junk science meets even junkier filmmaking in Expelled -- a no more shameless, stupid and loathsome piece of propaganda has ever skulked its way into the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Matt McKillop
April 22, 2008
works in much the same way as a Michael Moore documentary -- a raft of provocation and very little persuasion
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
April 21, 2008
I don't say the film is crap because I disagree with it. I say it's crap because it disagrees with itself. It teems with contradictions, false dichotomies, and specious reasoning.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
April 21, 2008
Manages to be flippant and darkly provocative at once.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2008
This documentary purporting to examine the issue of freedom of expression in the debate between the competing arguments of 'intelligent design' and Darwinism squanders the potential fascination of its topic with its simplistic, heavy-handed approach.
Vic Holtreman
April 20, 2008
Your opinion of the film will with almost complete certainty be predicted by your opinions on Darwinism vs Intelligent Design.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
April 18, 2008
The prospect of a pro-Intelligent Design documentary sounded so batsh** crazy,it had to be awesome, watching intellectuals spin a story about how they're persecuted for their beliefs.Not to say I didn't give it a fair chance,but they made it really easy.
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