Roger & Me (1989)
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Critic Reviews for Roger & Me
Rails against corporate greed and asks what happened to the American Dream and its promise of middle-class prosperity.
The film itself remains a hard kick in the head-a funny, angry inquiry into what the hell happened to the American dream.
Michael Moore's film is intelligent, funny, in-depth, and touching, all executed with a gripping hands-on approach to the material that helps engage the audience more than you're standard talking heads documentary.
Despite some tempering with the chronological sequence of events, this is a scathingly biting satire of Reagonomics that captures the zeitgeist of the late 1980s much more poignantly than most Hollywood movies.
Audience Reviews for Roger & Me
Flint truly is one of the scrungiest shit-streaks in the country. one of the reasons for this is that they take the time to form lynch mobs in order to burn copies of magazines that criticize their poodle-vomit stenched fucking town.
Michael Moore's directorial debut Roger & Me is a well made documentary about the impact of General Motors closing an automobile plant in Flint, Michigan, Michael Moore's hometown. Moore paints a great portrait of a town hit hard by the plant closing. This is a very good documentary that illustrates the consequences of what happens to a town, when a major industry shuts down. Michael Moore creates a good film that is a must see if you love his films. Moore goes in depth with his subject and gives the viewer an entertaining journey as he seeks out to uncover the story of the unemployment in Flint. Michael Moore direction is wonderful, and he always manages to capture something special on film. With this film, you see what the GM plant closing in Flint has done to a once proud town. Stores have closed, families have become homeless and others have resorted to crime. Roger & Me is a fine debut film that showcases Moore's talents as a filmmaker. Although not his best, we get see Moore's flair in making an effective documentary that just grabs your attention from start to finish. I really enjoyed the film and despite its serious tone, there are a few light hearted moments that is a typical aspect of a Michael Moore documentary. Give it a shot, you make like, but this is a film that is basically for Michael Moore fans. Roger & Me is a great debut, and one that launched Moore into a memorable film career in making movies that makes you ask questions and exposes subject that many people wouldn't
A fantastic documentary from Michael Moore, his hometown is a subject he knows a lot about, but it's more than that really, and I highly recommend this movie, even if you don't like documentaries.
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