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Programming The Nation? Reviews

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2011
The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
September 29, 2011
A shaggy look at the history of subliminal messaging and advertising in the United States that leaves one wanting for the pruning of a sensible editor.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2011
Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 12, 2011
Serves as a vital wake-up call and manages to be simultaneously entertaining, provocative and enraging--just as all harsh truths, sans euphemisms, should be presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.68/10
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 20, 2011
Some excellent interviews and a thoughtful global consideration of its topic more than offset an enervated tone.
| Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
August 19, 2011
Ignore the negative reviews. This film is essential viewing for those trying to get a handle on the Orwellian world we are living in today.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 19, 2011
"Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 18, 2011
A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 18, 2011
Imperfect but important documentary about subliminal messaging.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 18, 2011
What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 17, 2011
The results are irritating, occasionally educational, and frustratingly insight-free.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 17, 2011
Any attempt to explore how the powers that be are subtly manipulating us rapidly devolves into simple retellings of various urban legends, not to mention the inclusion of poorly executed interviews...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 17, 2011
It seems that the filmmaker has a very broad view of what subliminal messaging is all about.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2011
Programming the Nation? fails to stick to its stated subject or to coherently fit it into well-trod America-as-propaganda-mill boilerplate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
August 10, 2011
The film follows too many tangents, including film editing, sound and the purportedly evil effects of rock lyrics, to adequately consider any of them.
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