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God Bless America Reviews

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October 22, 2012
For a movie that purports to be a statement about how mean-spirited and crass we've become, Goldthwait has no qualms piling on. Blowing a baby away with a 12 gauge - real or imagined - is about as bottom of the barrel as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Jason Zingale
April 5, 2012
It never amounts to much more than a one-dimensional piece of revenge fantasy that isn't any better than the subjects it's satirizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 10, 2012
Broad, mean, with inconsistent political aims and uneven performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2012
Here is a film that begins with merciless comic savagery and descends into merely merciless savagery. But wow, what an opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
May 10, 2012
This movie's idea of topical satire is to score points off of My Super Sweet 16 and legendary American Idol reject William Hung. Timely!
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
July 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 10, 2012
Goldthwait presents an ironic dichotomy: In his fervor to rail against multiple examples of media missteps, the filmmaker unintentionally delivers a mistep of his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2012
In this "Falling Down" of pop-cultural observation, Goldthwait forgets the thrill of the chase; he's more concerned with piercing verbal barbs than actual suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
May 10, 2012
An overly bleak film ready to write off the world and go down in a blaze of gunfire, both middle fingers raised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2012
Through it all, the film never comes up with a way to convince us Murray's behavior has any internal logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 7, 2012
By wholeheartedly taking its main characters's side instead of complicating or censuring his homicidal vigilante crusade, it proves inanely one-note and preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 11, 2012
Although it promises much, the film ultimately fails to deliver the substance, with the stream of deadly bullets making a goddamn mess but never quite hitting the artery
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 15, 2012
It's not that you don't sympathise with the characters' sentiments it is, though, that you can't actually go along with their agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 11, 2012
The real problem is there's just not enough plot on which to hang the message that mean people suck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
When the monotonous squib-popping subsides, the movie is often static and talky, lapsing into criticism-hedging qualifications and anti-everything speechifying.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 4, 2012
I sympathize with its attitudes... But Goldthwait -- as writer and director -- doesn't know what to do with this except rage incoherently and ineffectively at the state of the world...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 3, 2012
Sicko one-trick pony film, whose black comedy is tiresome and mostly unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 10, 2012
Mr. Goldthwait's screenplay is essentially a comedy act fleshed out with a story he doesn't try to make convincing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
May 12, 2012
[I[n a culture of outrage, where even non-events are peeled apart by an army of amateur and professional complainers, Goldthwait has missed the boat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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