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Grassroots Reviews

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Niki Boyle
The List
November 13, 2012
A movie populated by dislikeable characters and written/directed with no aplomb whatsoever ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
For what it's worth, Grassroots features Cedric the Entertainer's best performance to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
July 10, 2012
This is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 8, 2012
You'll root for the giant all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 14, 2012
Grassroots is so in love with its titular spirit that an underlying note of cynicism is never fully embraced... With results at the ballot so close to the line, though, one might reasonably expect a bit of a mixed message to emerge.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 10, 2012
Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 13, 2012
At first glance, "Grassroots" doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2012
It isn't entirely clear what Stephen Gyllenhaal sees in the material apart from some lukewarm raging against the machine.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 25, 2012
Poli-sci students may roll their eyes at true story of an upstart campaign for Seattle City Council.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 7, 2012
Gives the impression that a city council campaign in Seattle is followed by only a bunch of youths whooping it up.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 28, 2012
If the real Cogswell was this mercurial and monomaniacal then its both surprising and troubling that he came so close to acquiring real political power.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 12, 2012
Tale of a Seattle race for city council is strident and ultimately tiresome.
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July 19, 2012
Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 13, 2012
A call to citizen participation [through a] portrait of shoe leather political organizing pre-social media is lively, but seems more enjoyably quaint than inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 6, 2012
An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
June 25, 2012
Though Grassroots is, first and foremost, a film for the campaign's contemporaries, it's also a call-to-action to modern youth everywhere to get involved in local politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
July 21, 2012
You don't have to look too far these days to notice films abounding with jobless and financially struggling characters, in stark contrast to the recession-proof movies they inhabit. Top that off with emerging election year movies, and enter Grassroots.
James Mottram
Total Film
October 30, 2012
With Avatar's Moore on inspiring form, and Biggs the best he's been since early Pie, this is still worth your vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2012
The funny adventures of two little guys who enter the tricky world of politics with nothing but passion and a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 9, 2012
There's a terrific sense of righteous anger in this scruffy comedy about disenfranchised people shaking American politics to its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 22, 2013
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
January 22, 2013
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