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"So Goes the Nation" examines America's tumultuous electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters. The 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry provides the stage, showing how the voting public is manipulated by both parties' leaders and their political marketing machines. Political activism and the thoughts of voters themselves are revealed in the ultimate cross-section state: Ohio.

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This informative documentary offers a sound, if uninspiring lesson in civics.

December 22, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.

December 22, 2006 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe -- but that still leaves too many unanswered questions.

December 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
Chicago Tribune
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Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo make Ohio a confounding crucible of the American political machine and a microcosm of the country's cultural and socioeconomic fractures.

November 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Supported by commentary from both Republican and Democratic operatives, the movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message. The truth and verifiability of that message is something else again.

October 19, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
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Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo captured fascinating glimpses of the action leading up to the election, as well as the Monday morning quarterbacking (from Republicans and Democrats) about what went wrong or right.

October 19, 2006 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for ...So Goes the Nation

A well done documentary about the electoral process, specifically in Ohio. While it could be a little clearer about the overall campaigning system, there are far too many documentaries which cover that process. Instead, it takes a broader strategic view, uses the 2004 elections as a case study, and puts many of the events in context. Clear, well done, and really does an excellent job at remaining neutral. Still, by being neutral, it doesn't get to have a feel-good "go do something" ending... which is needed to keep any political documentary from becoming a downer.

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