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Grassroots Reviews

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November 13, 2012
A movie populated by dislikeable characters and written/directed with no aplomb whatsoever ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2012
For what it's worth, Grassroots features Cedric the Entertainer's best performance to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
November 8, 2012
You'll root for the giant all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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
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
June 25, 2012
Poli-sci students may roll their eyes at true story of an upstart campaign for Seattle City Council.
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+
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+
July 12, 2012
Tale of a Seattle race for city council is strident and ultimately tiresome.
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.
November 4, 2012
Strange to think that Gyllenhaal's film is based on a true story because the idea of anyone voting for someone as unlikable as Grant seems a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 11, 2017
[Jason Biggs] is great here as the reluctant idealist torn between sense and optimism.
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
November 6, 2012
An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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