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Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

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Nick Broomfield's quest for the real Sarah Palin.A journey across the icy snows of Alaska in mid winter, to meet the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, and souls to the charismatic, charming, intoxicating ex hockey mum. But it's not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk, Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It's a devout evangelical community - 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal

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We don't learn anything really new about Palin's politics or her personality, save for a few details that don't shed much light on her thinking (or lack thereof).

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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[Makes] her sound simply like an evil Tupperware lady.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Like his subject, Broomfield prefers flash to facts.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Palin texted and chewed gum during meetings -- so what?

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Probably the scariest movie you will see all year.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It feels warmed over, devoid of urgency and, in spite of Mr. Broomfield's on-camera displays of doggedness, lacking in curiosity.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's severely hampered by a Palin-ordained lack of interview access and ultimately fails to get to grips with its subject.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Broomfield goes at the subject with his customary dogged stoicism, which is never less than good fun, but this is one Columbo episode where the culprit barely needed help being brought to task.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

UK filmmaker Nick Broomfield penetrates Palin's in absentia bubbly facade to uncover the right wing evangelical politician's connections to the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, the Tea Party and intimations of the Antichrist.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A hatchet job or an accurate portrait of a Machiavellian manipulator? That's apt to depend on whether you lean to the left or to the right.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

Not a hatchet job. . .but adds so little insight by talking mostly to her enemies that a viewer almost becomes sympathetic about what she has to put up with. Almost.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Sometimes amusing but too familiar - from yesterday's facts to a Michael Moore-ish structure - the doc does create a convincing portrait of Palin as the ultimate Mean Girl.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: James on screenS
James on screenS

a flat, repetitive fizzle of a gotcha documentary

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Broomfield's eye-opening doc re-treads a lot of known ground about Palin, but also drags out into the full light of day the danger of her particular brand of sad, self-centered, desperate paranoia.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Anyone sympathetic to the message will find their beliefs reinforced rather than expanded

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

For all of the documentary's wholesale condescension, you never doubt that Sarah Palin, conspicuous by her absence, has gotten exactly what she deserves.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Sarah Palin: You Betcha!

I can't say I learnt more than I had already read about Sarah Palin but I did appreciate Nick Broomfield's less silly approach that he has been guilty of in the past and what I expected from the cover. Sarah Palin is not the sort of person who should hold the power she does, this much is clear but as documentaries go this is good but not earth-shattering.
November 21, 2012
SirPant

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Scary as hell. Full review later.
April 29, 2012
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