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One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2005
... largely succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2005
[A] surprisingly thorough film.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 20, 2005
An effort to secure former Sen. George McGovern's place in history, and it does a pretty good job.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 20, 2005
The film builds a strong argument in favor of his quixotic idealism and the compassionate optimism that propels him against seemingly invincible social ills even today at age 83.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Just too hagiographic to engage anyone but the most nostalgic follower of the 1972 campaign.
Joshua Tanzer
September 22, 2005
This is an excellent time to remind ourselves of this story. Another McGovern would have been a good thing to have the last five years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
September 16, 2005
It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one; if it does nothing else it should bring this decent and courageous prairie populist, whose very name has become a patently unfair term of abuse, before at least a few members of a new generation.
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 16, 2005
In terms of recapturing the time that was, One Bright Shining Moment is rather effective -- although it feels to be revealing that time from certain distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 16, 2005
[Goes] a long way to rehabilitating this unfairly maligned candidate.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 16, 2005
Parallels to the current day are plain to see, so Vittoria's insistence on juxtaposing images of contemporary politicians and an angry narration only undercut the power of his otherwise absorbing presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
September 16, 2005
If you're a history-politics buff, you're gonna want to seize this Moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ned Martel
New York Times
September 16, 2005
A wan but well-researched apotheosis of the former senator from South Dakota.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
September 16, 2005
The documentary will appeal to those who like their political commentary with unbridled bite.
Full Review | Original Score: '3/5'
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 13, 2005
Exactly the sort of starry-eyed, bullet-spraying hyperbole that drains credibility from any brand of political discourse.
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
September 11, 2005
"The Establishment... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation."
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Harvey S. Karten
September 1, 2005
A Politics 101 view of a presidential candidate whose victory might have made America an object lesson in decency.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
August 11, 2005
What the film aims to show -- and does well ... is that McGovern's grassroots, anti-establishment tactics and ultimate victory at the Democratic convention was, and remains, an example of what U.S. politics strive, and generally fail, to achieve.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 11, 2005
The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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