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Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine
October 26, 2007
This even-handed effort simply doesn't probe deep enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2007
A solid, well-done and seemingly balanced look at Moore's work, his celebrity, his methods and the ethical problems in his reporting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 11, 2007
There's little to disagree with in the thumbnail portrait of Moore that emerges from this entertaining doc.
Matthew Turner
October 5, 2007
With a wide-ranging array of interviewees and an amusingly Moore-like approach to its subject, Manufacturing Dissent is an enjoyable documentary, whether you're pro-Moore, anti-Moore or indifferent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 5, 2007
Exposes a paranoid personality, testy with his critics and bullish about his methodology.
Peter Bradshaw
October 5, 2007
Moore's reputation as a brilliant polemicist takes a knock or two, here. But it's still very much upright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Jordison
October 5, 2007
A few serious points against Moore's credibility are overshadowed by a lot of dull posturing, unconvincing argument and unpleasant interviews. It's nothing like as good as the films made by the man it maligns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Bushell
October 5, 2007
The problem in making a documentary about Moore, though, is that it probably won't be as interesting as a documentary made by him, even if his techniques are used.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 5, 2007
Some of the accusations in this documentary by a pair of Canadian filmmakers who initially set out to make a positive portrait, will make your eyes water.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 5, 2007
The big question you have to ask yourself is: do these dishonest work practices actually undermine the message he's trying get across? The answer is probably not... because Moore is already preaching to the converted.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2007
Too bad co-writers/co-directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine don't investigate -- and ingratiate -- the way their target does in his own films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2007
Useful but limited muckraking.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2007
Manufacturing Dissent comes across less as an expose of a polarizing public figure than as the realization of a personal and not especially interesting grudge against a once-admired colleague who has moved on to bigger things.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
Though much of what's in the film isn't new information, seeing it all compiled in one place and building to its damning argument against Moore is effective and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 30, 2007
This hugely entertaining documentary turns Michael Moore's filmmaking style back on himself to separate the facts from the rumours. It's not a hatchet job, but Moore doesn't emerge unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 20, 2007
While Manufacturing Dissent provides little that is new, it does place the controversy in the larger context of the contradictory relationship between the pursuit of fame and journalistic integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 20, 2007
Manufacturing Dissent seems disingenuous at times and just plain stupid at others.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jette Kernion
April 4, 2007
A Michael Moore-style documentary about Moore himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 20, 2007
Caine and Melnyk's film is intent in questioning such legitimacies, which it does well; it's just as propagandistic as a Michael Moore film, but not as entertaining.
Sally Foster
Film Threat
March 20, 2007
Manufacturing Dissent seeks to criticize Michael Moore's documentary tactics, while simultaneously using those same tactics unsuccessfully in the creation of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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