What Is Democracy? Reviews

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August 29, 2019
One could imagine the place of Taylor's film in the classroom, though one would first have to imagine the kind of classroom this country appears bent on destroying.
May 21, 2019
Taylor's film demonstrates how democracy sometimes yields lemon when the fields bear finer fruits. It's up to us to take those lemons and make lemonade-and, quite frankly, to add the nip or two of gin that makes it tolerable.
March 13, 2019
This doc, which is weirdly tranquil, explores not so much democracy but the roots of much of the misery in our one and only world.
March 1, 2019
Astra Taylor offers a thoughtful examination of the meaning and origins of democracy...
February 22, 2019
[A] kaleidoscopic, somewhat random, yet always involving approach to a major concept that, despite the wealth and breadth of Taylor's offerings here, feels like just the first step in surveying anew where democracy stands.
February 14, 2019
[Taylor] presents an inclusive and necessary debate, asking whether democracy today really is of, by, and for the people, and if it ever was.
February 8, 2019
A thought-provoking documentary presenting the challenges and flaws of democracy from ancient Greece to modern times.
February 1, 2019
The impact may have been greater had Taylor and editor Robert Kennedy trimmed some rough edges and leaned further into the more effective asides.
January 22, 2019
Taylor's take on the topic is multi-layered, and one that if you don't pay close attention to, you might miss. But once defined, can democracy ever live up to its promise? That's something you'll need to watch What Is Democracy? in order to figure out.
January 19, 2019
Taylor's film is an energetic one, styled as a typical issue picture, but willingness to open a dialogue that's refreshing and intellectually energizing.
January 18, 2019
Astra Taylor's What Is Democracy? offers the art of thoughtful conversation as an antidote to the fraught political hysteria of the public sphere.
January 16, 2019
Unfocused but consistently engaging.
January 15, 2019
Like democracy itself, the movie assumes such a broad mandate and has such noble intentions that indicating its shortcomings seems almost beside the point.
January 15, 2019
Vital, profound and eye-opening. It's far more provocative, fair and balanced than any films that Michael Moore and Dinesh D'Souza have ever made.
January 4, 2019
The film indexes the manner in which democracy has become abstracted and polluted, especially by governmental capitulation to the meddling interests of free-market capitalism.
December 6, 2018
Incisive.
October 31, 2018
It's a fascinating and enlightening treatise.
September 20, 2018
What is Democracy? is a call to arms, but it is also a powerful and piercing reminder that, as Plato said, "nothing beautiful without struggle."
September 12, 2018
One gets the sense that What is Democracy? might have been edited in a different form, one that clarified its purposes a bit more deliberately.
September 8, 2018
It's a bit on the slack side, with Taylor offering up one talking head after another, breaking up the sections with thoughtful quotes from Plato's Republic... But I'm not sure a slicker, sharper version of this would serve any purpose.
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