God Bless America Reviews

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
May 11, 2012
This is no simple wish-fulfillment revenge fantasy. It's an indictment of us as viewers and tacit supporters of the cultural trash heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2012
The film features elaborate (and spot-on) parodies of mean-girl reality shows, YouTube nonsense and fatuous news reports but the people are thin and the plot meanders a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2012
This funny, sick twist of social satire is certainly locked and loaded, even if its aim is sometimes off.
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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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
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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!
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May 10, 2012
Bobcat Goldthwait's bracing new black comedy...
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 10, 2012
Goldthwait's ranting dialogue is stingingly funny and Murray and Barr are so agreeable you may find yourself rooting for "the bad guys."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 10, 2012
Given that the movie starts out in such interesting fashion, it's hugely disappointing to see it devolve so lazily into a generic vigilante fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 10, 2012
Interesting, sometimes kind of fun but, ultimately, not as satisfying as it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 10, 2012
"God Bless America" has a whole lotta "Taxi Driver" in it, and some "Network," and some "Heathers" (with Barr functioning as Christian Slater in the equation), and even some "Kick-Ass."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 10, 2012
Goldthwait's primary strength as a writer-director has been in starting with outrageous, high-concept hooks that develop into subtler, more perceptive studies of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2012
Bobcat Goldthwait's new movie is a burlesque that turns into a harangue that turns into a rampage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2012
[It] turns in on its own morality like a Möbius strip, endorsing kindness by practicing slaughter, and pulls us along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 8, 2012
...isn't as smart as it would like to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 8, 2012
The movie is the kind of undercooked satire that might be mistaken for meaningful by the midnight-madness crowd; let's hope Goldthwait the stealth smartie returns posthaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2012
Semi-comic fantasia of violence against vapid pop culture can't do justice to its own ideas.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 7, 2012
A lot of what God Bless America has to say is on-target and is presented in such a straightforward, unvarnished fashion that it's impossible to miss the honesty beneath the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 17, 2012
Sometimes you get the feeling Goldthwait is just making a list of the people he could do without, which is funny and makes you nod your head but doesn't add up to much.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 16, 2011
While it starts out well, Bobcat Goldthwait's black comedy struggles to maintain focus as it turns into a road trip of diminishing rewards in satirical and narrative terms.