One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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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
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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
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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.
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John Anderson
Variety
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.