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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 19, 2007
A movie that is at once eye-opening and hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 19, 2007
a head-spinning mystery, a brisk history of motion picture censorship in the U.S. and entertaining, often hilarious, visual proof of Hollywood's hypocrisy in his latest film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 27, 2006
It makes a good case for some all-American free enterprise to come up with an alternative.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 15, 2006
...A ringing indictment of a system that's not just broken. It's rigged and needs replacing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 10, 2006
You can tell that Dick, whose previous documentary Derrida showed that he had serious chops, is having fun with this one. And a good part of the fun involves providing entertaining educational highlights for the public.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 10, 2006
Winds up feeling shallow, padded and unrevealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2006
Although a couple of the film's conclusions are as arbitrary and questionable as decisions by the board, This Film Is Not Yet Rated should be an eye-opener.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 28, 2006
This Film Is Not Yet Rated may be a mischievous, slanted and even angry piece of work, but it articulates a rage that filmmakers and film consumers have felt for years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2006
[Dick's] recordings and reenactments of his skirmishes with the MPAA's executives and lawyers make the association look like a fatuous kangaroo court that rules by fiat rather than reason.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 22, 2006
Persuasively argues that the board is ineffective and crippled by conflicts of interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
September 15, 2006
For a film with this much argument in it, This Film is remarkably entertaining.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2006
Extremely amusing and as close a look as you're likely to get at the mysterious workings of this self-appointed regulatory agency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 15, 2006
Thumbing one's nose at prudes can be fun, but it can also be childish and ultimately patronizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
September 15, 2006
While This Film Is Not Yet Rated may not present the most effective or airtight case against the MPAA, what it does dig up is damning enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 15, 2006
Dick doesn't exactly blow the lid off the organization, but he lifts it enough to see what an outrageously flawed outfit we're dealing with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2006
At its best, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Kirby Dick's hugely entertaining catalog of MPAA follies, inventories the inconsistencies of the institution that has rated films for 40 years.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 14, 2006
It's fun for a while. Then you realize all this Michael Moore-ish folderol is weakening the movie's strongest arguments.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 14, 2006
The same story in print would move more fleetly and makes its points more adroitly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 8, 2006
... a jazzy jeremiad that dances around the whole dilemma of ratings.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 5, 2006
A flawed but also very funny and very welcome attack on the motion picture ratings board.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
September 1, 2006
The ABC's of G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 are a knotty business, one that the Oscar-nominated Kirby tries valiantly and amusingly to untangle.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2006
A fascinating look at the clandestine organization that passes judgment on a movie's acceptability to youthful moviegoers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 1, 2006
The gotcha journalism backfires; instead of looking like a crew of crusading reporters unmasking the powerful, it just looks like a couple of practical jokers invading people's privacy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 1, 2006
While This Film Is Not Yet Rated does not suggest an alternative to the ratings board, it does expose this Tinseltown sham to some well-deserved public ridicule.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 1, 2006
Fascinating, amusing and ultimately disturbing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2006
An impassioned piece of activist filmmaking that's as persuasive and entertaining as it is disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 31, 2006
The movie is both clever and ruthless at exposing the ratings board's inconsistencies and hypocrisy.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 31, 2006
Kirby Dick's feisty, intellectually engaging documentary tries to illuminate an aspect of moviemaking and moviegoing that is deliberately left in the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 31, 2006
This is guerrilla advocacy journalism without apology. But as you watch such cheeky bravado at work, something deep within you wonders whatever became of such investigative fervor among more mainstream reporters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 31, 2006
This Film Is Not Yet Rated's tone is breezy, its pace brisk, as Dick coasts us through interviews, most of them with fellow travelers in the free-speech movement, a few with those from the other side.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 31, 2006
The picture, deliciously, catches MPAA representatives in one lie after another, picking up on their backtracking and doublespeak about their motives and modes of operation.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 31, 2006
Point made with wit and verve...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 30, 2006
In a little more than 90 minutes, Dick explores the hypocrisy of the way the MPAA treats sex, nudity, violence, and profanity; provides insight into the arbitrary and secretive ratings process; and names names.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 30, 2006
A movie that might just shake up the world of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 29, 2006
Why we choose to watch the movies we watch is strictly personal, a matter of taste mediated by finance and geography. The nature of what we can watch is something else.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 21, 2006
Like a Michael Moore broadside, it can't stop ducking and darting between dimly related topics, hoping that the sheer momentum of scorn will see it through.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 4, 2006
Kirby Dick's indispensable guerrilla attack on the film-ratings system.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 31, 2006
As outrageous, and sometimes outrage-inspiring, entertainment, This Film Is Not Yet Rated is a blast. As a fair-minded look at the MPAA, it's incomplete and rather off-balance.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2006
What will make many viewers uneasy, though, is Dick's central quest.