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What's the Matter with Kansas? Reviews

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July 27, 2010
Paradoxically, the movie feels dated in the sense that it pre-dates both the recession and Obama's campaign, yet prescient in illuminating a crisis that plagues us today.
July 24, 2010
Eludes deeper and larger questions. Such as lost elections, and their reasoning when God is not on their side. Nor the rising tide of racial and anti-immigrant strife fueling the Tea Party movement, whose unrecognized roots clearly reside in this doc.
March 14, 2010
Chicago-based documentarian Joe Winston makes a valiant effort to make Frank's perspectives work on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 12, 2010
Even-handedness is the film's strength and, paradoxically, its weakness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2010
The most compelling thing about it is what it captures: a snapshot of America's ongoing and endless cultural war at a moment when things begin to shift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2010
It's finally a very sad movie, because it speaks to the profound depths of the political division in this country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 31, 2009
What's really special about the film is that Winston and Cohen manage to make real characters out of these folks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2009
The filmmakers do a good job of humanizing their conservative subjects but eventually the rigid mindset of these folks cancels out any common bond liberals might feel.
September 17, 2009
Every single person in this film is seen as themselves, is allowed to speak and seems to have a good heart. I've rarely seen a documentary quite like it. It has a point to make but no ax to grind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2010
Unfocused, dry and boring. It's a squandered opportunity to extensively and compellingly tackle provocative political, social and moral issues plaguing America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.558/10
July 30, 2010
It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 30, 2010
The specific roots of a pervasive sense of disenfranchisement are barely described, as are strategies for liberals seeking to reclaim the state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 25, 2010
Not up to adequately framing the title's question, let alone answering it.
July 12, 2010
A dull, scattershot doc about people who do NOT vote against their interests, since they consider social issues of greater import than economic ones.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 19, 2010
Funny? Scary? Entirely logical? It all depends on your point of view, of course, and What's the Matter With Kansas? isn't likely to move viewers one way or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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