God Bless America 2012

God Bless America

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A darkly comic polemic on modern culture, God Bless America is uneven and somewhat this but the ideas behind this revenge fulfillment journey has primal appeal.

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Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo (Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr) team up to whack reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant.

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Critic Reviews for God Bless America

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (39)

  • Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year.

    November 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The satire feels hand-me-down and weak, and Goldthwait is firing blanks.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The new film's fire-power is too sloppy, too wide-spread; it barely scathes even the easy target of an American television talent show complete with Simon Cowell clone.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Goldthwait shows a knack for pin-pointing the sulphurous hues within the kaleidoscopic rainbow of alienation and frustration, but has sadly failed to paint any of them black.

    July 3, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem with the film is that it starts at such a lethal pitch there is nowhere believable it can build toward.

    June 1, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's about a terminally ill man who decides that if he is going to die, he is going to grab a gun and take a whole bunch of obnoxious people with him.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

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  • Oct 19, 2015
    A misanthrope is not an automatically interesting character and criticizing society in such a bland and petty way is overdone. I've heard people call this a satire, but if it's a satire of people who complain about society all the time than I sure missed it.
    John K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2014
    The core message about how uncivilized our society really is, does hit home and although very dark and violent, you can sympathize with the main characters. Joel Murray plays the lead in a very convincing manner and the young girl Barr is also quite good. That said, I can't condone the killing of people who wrong us or who are bad. But it does make you think and I give Goldthwait credit for his script and direction. 07-06-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2013
    Really...let's glamorize people that want to shoot other people for annoying them. Wonderful...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2013
    Upon hearing he has an inoperable brain tumor, mild-mannered Frank goes on a killing spree targeting reality TV stars, conservative talk show hosts, and others whom he sees as representing the worst of American mean-spiritedness; he's joined in his project by an outcast teen girl. Bobcat Goldthwait's angry but preachy black comedy is sort of an aging hipster version of Joel Shumaker's FALLING DOWN, but with zero subtlety. Frank doesn't speak in sentences, he speaks in editorials.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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