Where to Invade Next

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Where to Invade Next finds documentarian Michael Moore approaching progressive politics with renewed -- albeit unabashedly one-sided -- vigor.



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This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already existed in the world - they're just waiting to be co-opted.


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  • The most salient point Moore makes in "Where to Invade Next" is that so many of the ideas explored in the doc are American, historically speaking.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This is such a bracing and optimistic and doggedly idealistic film, simplistic in the sense that it believes that things like feminism are simply right.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Relevant, cogent and funny.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The clowning can be tiresome, yet there's finally something touching about seeing Moore stumble through phrases in Slovakian or marvel over the academic proficiency of Finnish teens.

    Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is sociology for dummies - and even they might find Moore's points overly laboured.

    Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For anyone who's never seen a Michael Moore film and wants the entire experience at once -- it's all here.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Jim Slotek

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Where to Invade Next

  • Dec 10, 2016
    This is Michael Moore in a more playful mood. His opening with an archival military boardroom also featured on the poster reveals more of his manipulation of material because he gets no cooperation from the other side of the political aisle. But hey, I'm right there ready to hear the next pitch from his liberal agenda. Moore "invades" or visits countries that can teach America something about how to treat its citizens with more care and respect. We see chefs serving un-processed, less sugary lunches to school children. We see businesses providing better insurance and vacation time to employees through state sponsored requirements. We see a country that has only recently allowed women the right to vote make great strides in women's rights. We see a prison system that more justly determines who gets placed in prison and more fairly gives prisoners the chance to build skills that will serve them when they are released. We see examples of state sponsored college education and governments with a more equal balance of men and women in leadership positions. The lengthy stroll and conversation that Moore has with his executive producer Rod Birleson near the end is a surprisingly hopeful discussion that things will change for the better.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2016
    I have always been intrigued by Documentaries with great stories/messages to tell. When the trailer was released for "Where to Invade Next," I was immediately hooked on it's concept. Michael Moore has always been a very controversial filmmaker. With something like "Bowling for Clumbine" or the more recent "Capitalism: A Love Story," he has always been pushing the boundaries as to what may offend the average viewer. This film is the exact opposite of that. Following Moore as he travels the world, invading countries to get insight on their laws, school board systems, and their general ways of life, he kicks his own country to the curb by showing how everyone else is clearly better than the United States of America. This film explores the harsh truth of all the horrible/pointless laws that the USA has, while also stating that the reason they are so down in the dirt, is due to them forgetting the laws they set in motion so many years ago. From Slovenia giving homes and knives to prisoners, to students only attending class for three hours a day in Germany being a good thing, "Where to Invade Next" makes you feel bad for any country who doesn't do this. Moore somehow finds a way of showing how the entire world should have these laws if they currently do not. Our world has bee divided longer than anyone currently living can remember, but we have admittedly gotten much better over the years. This film exposes the fact that, that is not saying much at all. Some parts of the world get much more vacation time, even if they have not worked to deserve it. Everyone has a different way of living, and if you have an issue with it, then why are you not trying to do something about it. At it's core, this film states why you should not be complaining about your way of living if you are not currently doing anything about it. In the end, the film may have a few portions that divert from the core subject matter, but it is interesting beyond belief and the information Michael Moore is able to attain from visiting these few countries will shock any viewer in my opinion. Even if you are a very knowledgable audience member, this film has many surprises to throw at you, and they will come rapidly. "Where to Invade Next" is insightful, daring, and just downright honest. One of the best documentaries I have seen in a very long time. Highly recommended.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2016
    Moore's films always seem a bit too scripted, as if drawing simplistic conclusions from facts only to corroborate his points of view, but even so this is an intriguing documentary that should make Americans have a look at what other cultures around the world could teach them.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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