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What's the Matter with Kansas? Reviews

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Michael Fox
Village Voice
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.
Prairie Miller
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.
Dan Lybarger
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 12, 2010
Even-handedness is the film's strength and, paradoxically, its weakness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 30, 2010
It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2010
Not up to adequately framing the title's question, let alone answering it.
Harvey S. Karten
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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