Orwell Rolls in His Grave Reviews

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December 6, 2005
January 12, 2005
[N]one of this is news. But seeing it laid out so bare... is infuriating.
October 24, 2004
Orwell's predictions have come sadly true.
August 27, 2004
For some, Pappas' film will simply confirm everything they've suspected of the fourth estate. For others, it will be a reiteration of points they make themselves. Those who've never thought about these issues may be in for the shock of their lives.
August 8, 2004
Professors, pundits, journalists and one elected official, Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT), rigorously examine the issue of maintaining a free press in an environment in which journalists are increasingly the employees of major corporations.
August 3, 2004
A vivid and distressing documentary examination of the state of the fourth estate... a deeply fascinating must-see for anyone interested in the news, politics and civic life.
July 30, 2004
Comes across as a political science course videotape rather than a movie to fully engage a general audience.
July 29, 2004
Enlightening, at times disturbing, and always provocative.
July 29, 2004
...it sometimes goes off into areas that, while interesting, are pretty tangential. Still, it makes a good (and scary) case.
July 28, 2004
Even though he refuses to excise about 15 to 20 minutes of unnecessary material, Pappas is nonetheless a steady editor who, less intrepid than dogged, pieces together a sustainably intriguing, suitably distressing expos.
July 23, 2004
A bracing eye-opener to anyone who hasn't considered the full implications of recent Congressional debates advocating further media deregulation, debates that, unsurprisingly, have been strikingly underreported by mainstream news outlets.
July 23, 2004
The war against the neo-fascists still goes on, and the outcome at this point is far from certain. Mr. Pappas' film does its part.
July 23, 2004
Every incident mentioned in the film was reported in the media, sometimes ad nauseam, and the polls show that about half of Americans like where things are going.
July 23, 2004
A cheaply made, occasionally repetitive, but passionately argued documentary.
July 23, 2004
Attacking network news seems almost quaintly beside the point at a time when the networks are hemorrhaging viewers, losing more and more eyeballs to cable, the Internet and, apparently, our nation's new habit of staring blankly into space.
July 22, 2004
Get ready for a cultural wake-and-shake you won't forget for a long, long time.
July 22, 2004
The persuasion of Pappas' argument lies in the accumulation of original documentation, allowing the political perps to condemn themselves with their own words.
July 20, 2004
Be prepared to be shocked, infuriated, depressed, and terrified.
July 20, 2004
Offers little that is not also explored in current agit-docs like Fahrenheit 9/11, The Corporation, or Outfoxed.
July 15, 2004
Presents the bad news about the media monopolies and the many ways they are busy shredding the most precious principles of democracy.
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