Where to Invade Next (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (33)

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 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…
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[Moore has] made his most enjoyable film in years and also his most inspiring, the antidote to prevailing global doom and gloom.

Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Occasionally poignant but ham-handed and only semi-funny.

Feb 12, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Moore, taking on his everyman role, delights in sharing that many of the programs and policies he highlights are founded on American ideals.

Feb 12, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

Michael Moore travels some few odd countries in the world, American flag in hand, to highlight where other nations have done it better. Done what, you might ask? Take American ideas about social welfare and put them to use. ("If they ain't as good as us, how come they do it so good?") Whether you enjoy this loose improv of a work or not might depend on how much chiding you can stand, however lightly delivered. And then there's Moore himself: although he makes good points in an interesting fashion there's something inherently slimy about the guy.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

With agitator-in-chief Michael Moore at the helm and that provocative title, you'd think this was Moore's critique of the United States' foreign policy in the Middle East. That's what I thought too. I was surprised to find that Moore's doc is really a rather gentle and optimistic examination of policies abroad that America should consider appropriating. Moore travels from country to country under the guise of "invading" them and taking their best ideas back to the mainland. It's really a travelogue of the world and various ideas that give exception to the belief of American exceptionalism. In Italy workers get eight weeks paid vacation. In France, students get gourmet lunches. In Slovenia, there is free college tuition even to foreign students. In Portugal, they've decriminalized drugs and watched their crime rates drop thanks to an emphasis on treatment over punishment. Moore is still cherry-picking his facts (Italy's high unemployment rate, Slovenia's small population, etc.) and ignoring the multitude of cultural and government variables that allow these good ideas to flourish in their native lands, but he raises enough good points worth consideration. The humor of the enterprise is often forced and eye roll-inducing, with Moore playing baffled interviewer who just can't fathom how these people live. The best segment is strangely slotted in the middle of the film where Moore travels to Germany. The sins of the past, namely the Third Reich and the Holocaust, are purposely remembered in monuments and education policy. It's important not to forget the mistakes of the past. Moore then wonders what the U.S. would be like if we acknowledged the darker moments of the past instead of finding ways to excuse them (see: D'Souza's doc and the worst film of 2014, America: Imagine a World Without Her). Ignoring uncomfortable realities is counter-productive, and Moore's doc is all about accepting and implementing the good ideas of others to better our own country. The extra irony is that Moore himself is ignoring realities that conflict with his rosy message. Where to Invade Next feels like an extended segment of one of Moore's old TV shows. It's a bit rambling and dull and the whole framing device is too facile, but its simple mission of trying new things is laudable. Nate's Grade: C+

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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