Slacker Uprising


Slacker Uprising

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Opinionated documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes an up-close look at the political leanings of college students in George W. Bush-era America with this effort shot during Moore's 60-city college campus tour in the months leading up to the 2004 election. The first feature-length film by a major director to make it's official premiere for free on the internet, Slacker Uprising finds Moore giving up any hope for making a profit on the film (which was budgeted at $2 million) in favor of getting his message out to the largest possible audience. That message? "Get off of the couch and give voting a chance." By taking the "Slacker Uprising Tour" to college campuses across the country and offering attendees a free change of underwear, a box of Ramen noodles, and a vow never to begin an event before noon nor allow any politician to speak at one of their events, Moore and his traveling band of speakers, comedians, and musicians managed to fill basketball arenas and football stadiums across the country with apathetic students who hungered for a serious sea change in the American political landscape. Featuring special appearances by R.E.M., Eddie Vedder, Viggo Mortensen, Roseanne Barr, Joan Baez, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.


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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

  • Slacker Uprising leaves a hollow feeling, in contrast to the determinedly upbeat self-congratulatory message.

    Sep 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • Whatever its intent, this interminable 96-minute highlight reel plays like Moore's homage to himself.

    Sep 26, 2008 | Rating: D+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Moore's studentmobilization drive now looks prescient, but he should have kept this piece of wallpaper agitprop on the shelf.

    Sep 24, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • ...this repetitious and self-indulgent hodgepodge comes across as a nostalgia-drenched vanity project, with far too much footage of various celebs at assorted gatherings introing Moore as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Sep 10, 2007

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • Captain Mike Across America is a shameless act of self-promotion even for a shameless self-promoter like Moore.

    Sep 7, 2007
  • Slacker Uprising is empty as protest satire goes, and it lends a cudgel to those who think Moore does what he does for the sheer sake of ego and power.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Slacker Uprising

  • Dec 08, 2010
    Though there was the odd useful fact or touching moment, this "documentary" was largely a self-serving dud. Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle perform, Rosanne Barr does five minutes of decent stand-up, but otherwise, very little of interest happens. It's like watching Moore's Oscar Speech: The Road Show. I admire Moore as a flimmaker, but this film chronicles Moore right on the heels of Fahrenheit 9/11 - I think his sense of self-importance was incredibly inflated at the time. Skip this one.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    An alright Michael Moore Documentary but not as good as his usual stuff.Couldve done without the musical peformances.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2010
    Another interesting film by Michael Moore about he tried to get everyone to vote in the 2004 election against George Bush. The film is rather interesting but I have no idea if it is true or not. I just find that Michael Moore makes a good documentary regardless of whether the information provided is completely accurate. It is still compelling to see what Michael Moore will do to get the truth.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2009
    in 2004 moore took to the road to stop bush getting qa second term in the white house by travelling america trying to get the so called slacker non voters to cast there vote for oponents against bush, qas we all know, it dident work, and bush got in, like his other. a bit diferent from other docs hes done, just folowing the events, but does bring 7up a few thoughts, the american public with there go yea atitude gives the inpression, they think there the only country, that votes in there leader, like its unique, well its not, my country does it, like many others, and t5he film misses its little films within a film, that farenheight 911 and bowling for columbine did very well, but also, we see moore angry here, on his crusade, it does get to him, and watch out for my fav group R.E.M standing up for the cause
    scott g Super Reviewer

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