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Videocracy Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 12, 2010
Less than the sum of its parts; colorful, but not quite a forceful enough inquisition into the go-go, power-grab pop intersection of fame, tabloidism and information management to connect in lasting emotional fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2010
Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 25, 2010
Videocracy is a fascinating film, indicative of the new wave of scorn and revulsion felt by a younger generation of Italians for Berlusconi's smug and mediocre rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Knoll
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 23, 2010
Celebrity and the PR politico
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 17, 2010
Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation's addiction to fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
June 10, 2010
Italian-born director Erik Gandini's damning mess of a documentary purports to reveal that Italy is TV- and celebrity-besotted -- which is true but not new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 9, 2010
Gandini's voiceover is a little ponderous, but, aptly for a film about the primacy of the image, he lets the pictures, many of them deliberately awkward tableaux, others bordering on absurdist, do most of the work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 3, 2010
Sadly, filmmaker Erik Gandini misses an opportunity ... in this documentary that sets out to explore the links between Berlusconi's business interests and his political standing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 3, 2010
This extremely clever documentary explores the power of the media through a remarkably unsettling case study: namely, Italy. Not only is the situation there pretty frightening, but it has implications for every other media-obsessed nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 2, 2010
The combination of terrific footage with a low, rumbling score of doom makes this a compelling horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 20, 2010
Politicians of the world are the celebrity faces of multi-national global corporations that call the shots. If that's news to you then sure, go see this documentary about Italy's variety of such exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 18, 2010
A documentary that wakes us up to the pitfalls of politically controlled television and then puts us to sleep watching the people producing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
February 16, 2010
Gandini does a great job keeping his colorful subjects front and center. While he does not star oncamera like Michael Moore, Gandini's creative hand is felt throughout the film's swift 84 minutes as its English-language narrator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
February 16, 2010
A chilling, cautionary expose' of Orwellian dimensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 14, 2010
Marginally engaging and amusing, but often lazy, meandering, unenlightening, excessively facile and underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
February 12, 2010
Less an indictment than an obvious exposť, Videocracy is foreplay to larger issues, a sideshow to the larger story of Berlusconi's control of the media.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 11, 2010
Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 11, 2010
If a team of clever screenwriters tried to script a cautionary tale about the politics of fame (and the fame of politics), they likely couldn't come up with anything odder or more apt than Erik Gandini's documentary Videocracy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 11, 2010
In comparison, Jersey Shore looks like something that might appear at Lincoln Center.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
February 9, 2010
A stale vibe is only one of the problems pervading Erik Gandini's documentary about the pathological symbiosis between unregulated media control and celebrity mania in Italy.
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