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Overall Rating
3.95

Awesome51.39%
Worth A Look: 25.39%
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14 reviews, 239 user ratings



Fahrenheit 9/11
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by Mel Valentin

"Biased? Yes. Incendiary? Yes. Thought-provoking? Absolutely."
4 stars

In his latest political opinion piece using the documentary format, "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore attempts to instruct, enlighten, and manipulate his audience through the skillful use of propaganda into accept his position: George Bush should not be re-elected to a second term. That should be no surprise for anyone superficially familiar with Moore's previous films, from "Roger and Me" to "Bowling for Columbine." Some on the left embrace him unequivocally, others with ambivalence. Those on the right, again no surprise, have sought to demonize Moore and his films. Setting his sights on the current administration in Washington has obviously done little to change the Right’s opinion of Michael Moore. What is he then? A documentarian? No, not by any conventional or traditional definition. Documentaries have traditionally been defined by the presentation of “facts” without the insertion of editorial comments or fictional recreations. Documentaries, as a form, use archival (or “found”) footage, talking heads (experts or witnesses), ambient (or on-location) sound recording, and expositional voice-over narration.

Roger and Me and Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line radically changed the nature of documentaries. At the time of the release of The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris was excoriated by critics for “recreating” events, and erasing the boundary between documentary and fiction film. Morris, however, clearly marked off the fictional recreations of witness testimony by bookending the recreations with more traditional interviewee’s segments (or through the use of witness commentary as voice-over narration for the fictional recreations). Roger and Me introduced the narrator as a confrontational character, entering the frame to make his presence felt and known, not just by the interviewee, but by the audience itself. The narrator/interviewer is no longer passively witnessing events or the recollection of events, but inserting himself into the film, at every step, to shape the direction and (sometimes) the outcome of those events. Commentators have described this documentary sub-genre as “character-driven.” I prefer the more accurate, if more negative in connotation, “ego-driven” (a recent example would be Michael Spurlock’s Supersize Me). Others have called them adversarial, prosecutorial, or more mildly, Op-Ed pieces. Less negatively, Fahrenheit 9/11 can be also called the work of a skilled demagogue, or if you prefer, a skilled polemicist. Demagogues, if we go by the textbook definition (again) eschew rational, logical argument and instead appeal to the passions and prejudices of their audiences. Moore, without a doubt, is less interested in the logical, balanced exploration of the subtleties of an issue than in the accumulation of facts and inferences to suggest, if not direct, his audiences to a predetermined conclusion. Fahrenheit 9/11 is no different, but no one, least of all his critics, should have expected otherwise.

In Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore attempts, with qualified success, to indict (and no“indict” isn’t too strong a word) President Bush and his administration for deceit, incompetence, corruption, election fraud, and malfeasance. Moore catalogues events from the 2000 presidential election (and the widespread charges of voter fraud and manipulation), through the first nine months of Bush’s presidency where, by his account (confirmed by The Washington Post), President Bush spent approximately 42% of his time vacationing, primarily at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, to the Bush-Saudi family connections, the events around 9/11, and the aftermath where the invasion of Afghanistan was followed by the steady drumbeat of war that led the United States to invade (those on the right would probably prefer the word “liberate”) Iraq.

Moore is at his weakest in the first third of the film, as he attempts, through a series of plausible inferences (without a "smoking gun," however), to create a causal link in the Bush administration’s overly deferential behavior toward the Saudi Arabian government, and specifically the financial interdependence between the Bush family, the Saudi ruling family, and the bin Ladens (he notes that Saudi Arabians own the equivalent 7% of GDP in the U.S. and that any significant pullback of Saudi investment in the United States would be economically disastrous) before and after 9/11. Moore also notes that the Saudis have invested approximately $1.4 billion dollars in companies owned or operated by the Bush family and its associates (i.e., the Carlyle Group). There are no surprises there: the Bush family has long been the exemplar of crony capitalism (as the ongoing Halliburton no-bid/overcharge scandal attests). Grand conspiracy? Probably not. Conflict of interest? Undoubtedly.

The centerpiece of Moore’s anti-Saudi/Bush argument is the deferential treatment given to 124 members of the Saudi ruling family and the bin Ladens are the flights on and after September 13 (when commercial and private flights were still restricted) to Kentucky and from there, back to Saudi Arabia. Moore comes irresponsibly close to suggesting some vaguely defined conspiracy in this section of the film, but leaves that conclusion for the audience. Where a question remains unanswered, however, is why, after the Saudi nationals were flown to a safe location, they were quickly ushered onto planes for their home country with only perfunctory interviews conducted by the FBI. Given that 15 out of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, and Osama bin Laden was rumored to be the mastermind behind the attacks, why weren’t more members of his family held in protective custody for properly conducted interviews? Moore (and the Bush administration) has no answer, but that shouldn’t lead the audience to conclude a shadow conspiracy (for some unspecified purpose) was in place before September 11, at least not without additional, independently verified (and verifiable) evidence.

Where Moore scores points against Bush, however, is in archival footage of Bush on his ranch in Texas (Bush gives new meaning to the word "inarticulate"), but more importantly, on the morning of September 11, 2001. That morning, President Bush was at a Florida elementary school for a press-op. Even after hearing about the second airplane attack on the World Trade Center buildings from his chief of staff, Bush did nothing, sat immobile, staring vacantly into space. He was, more clearly than at any other time, a man in above his head, an accidental (some would say fraudulent) president unqualified to hold the highest office in the land. Moore’s voice-over narration asks what, if anything, the president was thinking thatfateful morning, as a helpful counter ticks off the seven-minute sequence. It’s almost as if the invasion of Afghanistan and more likely, the later invasion of Iraq were a direct response to Bush’s indecisiveness that morning, an attempt to erase all memories of his failure inf leadership at a crucial moment in American history. Perhaps, but only President Bush (and those closest to him) knows the answer to that question.

Less engaging (from the perspective of political/street theater) is the examination of the USA PATRIOT Act, passed only six weeks after 9/11 by a jittery Congress concerned about responding quickly to the threat of domestic terrorism, regardless of the effects to constiutionally guaranteed rights. Civil liberties were and are, of course, a casualty of this "rush to judgment." Rather than interviewing legal and political experts (who, arguably, would be less than compelling) about the pernicious effects of the USA PATRIOT Act, Moore decides to re-use already tired antics: after discovering that the USA PATRIOT Act was passed (mostly) unread, Moore hops into an ice-cream truck and circles the Capitol building, reading aloud from the act. Weaker still, however, is Moore’s use of argument by example: a friendly, cookie-eating, hippie peace group infiltrated by a sheriff’s deputy (no surprise there, especially considering the long history of the FBI infiltrating anti-government or counter-cultural organizations), and a mother forced to taste her own breast milk by distrustful security workers at a local airport. Without more persuasive examples, Moore should have relied on legal and political experts to discuss the radical expansion of federal police powers under the USA Patriot Act. Otherwise, more independently minded viewers of his film aren't likely to see the USA Patriot Act as an actual, sustained attack on the civil liberties (once) enjoyed by all Americans.

Moore’s approach to the run-up to the Iraqi invasion is also problematic. He mostly relies on quick cuts and sound bites to juxtapose then (2001) and now (2003) statements by Bush administration officials, like Donald Rumsfield, Condeleeza Rice, and Colin Powell with little follow-up analysis. More could have been done here to not just indict the Bush administration’s “faith-based” approach to policymaking, but also the corporate media’s almost complete failure (some would call it an abdication of professional responsibility) to question the Bush administration's case for the invasion of Iraq, an invasion defended on the pretext of unilateral preemption (that was neither imminent nor clear). The mainstream media simply regurgitated the government's position without qualification or skepticism, presenting unsubstantiated assertions as “facts.”

Moore also falters when he describes Iraq as posing no threat to the United States before the invasion last year, as evidenced by the absence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the (still) missing al-Qaeda/Saddam Hussein link, despite Vice-President Cheney's continuing protestations to the contrary. Hussein didn’t pose a threat to the United States or its Middle East neighbors as a direct result of his military's crippling loss in the first Persian Gulf War, and the policy of containment and deterrence initiated by the first President Bush and his successor, President Clinton. Unfortunately, discussing a foreign policy initiative that would cast a too-favorable light on the first President Bush would have been beyond the pale for Michael Moore.

Instead, Moore could (and should) have focused on examing the root causes for the invasion of Iraq that went beyond the claim of WMD and the "immediate threat" posed by Saddam Hussein (and the Hussein/Al Qaeda link): the neoconservative revolution in foreign policy, the so-called "Bush Doctrine" that was created by Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfield, and memorialized in the September 2002 National Security Strategy document (part of the public record and available online). All Moore had to do was point in the direction of the Office of Special Plans, an intelligence-gathering department created at the direction of Donald Rumsfield to circumvent both the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), primarily because those agencies weren't likely to be as malleable to the Bush Administration's demand for clear and convincing evidence against Saddam Hussein.

Moore had other avenues of exploration he failed to capitalize on: Rumsfield also wanted to use Iraq as a test case for a more streamlined, more mobile invasion force. He could have also mentioned Bush's statement, reported in the mainstream media in April 2002, that he wanted to take Saddam out (Bush used more colorful language, apparently). At that time, the Pentagon was asked to war plan an invasion of Iraq (as we now know, however, the Bush administration failed to make substantive plans for the occupation to follow). Moore could have also pointed out the transparent attempt to obtain UN approval for the invasion of Iraq in February 2003. Bush and the neocons wanted to employ unilateral action against Iraq (with only Great Britain supporting the U.S. with substantial ground troops), but Secretary of State Powell, a traditional multilateralist, obtained Bush's approval over the objections of the neocons to seek multinational cooperation through the UN. Powell subsequently failed to convince the sitting members of the UN Security Council of the immediate threat posed by Iraq (primarily because the evidence simply wasn't there to support a shift in policy from containment and deterrence to preventive invasion). Moore could have also mentioned that the neocons wanted to invade Iraq with next to no pretext in September 2002, but the Pentagon balked at that date, due to the lack of adequate troop strength in the Persian Gulf region at the time.

Where Moore succeeds, however, in making his case against the Bush administration most clearly is in the examination of the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion: the cost abroad (American and Iraqi lives, the enormous fiscal strain on the federal budget, $150 billion dollars and counting) and at home, through the lives of the returning soldiers (more than 5,300 have been injured, many permanently, in Iraq) and the families of the servicemen (as of today, 850 American soldiers have lost their lives in defense of Bush's foreign policy blunder). Moore, however, found an eloquent, articulate voice for the physical and emotional cost of the war in Lila Lipscomb, a Flint, Michigan native who lost one of her sons in Iraq. For the most part, Moore does little prodding, allowing Lila to discuss her profound affection for her country, and her beliefs about serving the United States through the military. It’s when her son is sent to Iraq, and later when she reads the last letter he wrote before his death (where he asks, Why was I sent here? What was the purpose?), that she undergoes a traumatic epiphany: her support of the war and the occupation evaporates, and her beliefs in the current administration’s policies evaporate along with her support. Moore smartly allows Lila and the emotions that cross her face to make his argument for him. Later, Moore tracks her to Washington, D.C., where she visits the White House (and discovers where to direct her anger and rage). It’s the film’s most powerful, heartrending moment, but Moore does a disservice to Lila herself. Moore stands aloof, leaving Lila alone, overcome with grief, or pushing the camera into her face as her knees threaten to give way. Here, for once, I wanted Moore to insert himself more actively into the film. Someone, probably Moore himself, should have either stopped the camera, or simply walked over to her, and offered her some comfort. Moore, unfortunately, was more interested in the effect her breakdown would have on his audience than in exercising his more compassionate nature. Fahrenheit 9/11, however, justly concludes with a line about the sacrifices made by our all-volunteer army (who are primarily drawn from the country's most impoverished areas) and the reciprocal obligation by any administration in Washington not to put them in harm's way unless absolutely necessary. Bush’s war wasn’t necessary, the policy his own father had created to handle Hussein (i.e., containment and deterrence) was still working as of March 2003. Hussein, more importantly, had made no overt move to threaten his neighbors, and had certainly made no verbal or physical threats to the United States nor its citizens.

You may (justifiably) argue with Moore’s methods, but I have to admit to being more disturbed by the need for a film like "Fahrenheit 9/11" to present arguments and facts to an uninformed citizenry, left, right, or independent. Anyone who’s swayed by Michael Moore’s film alone to vote against Bush in the November election is doing themselves a disservice. Why? Because the time to become fully informed before the presidential election has nearly passed them by. Where was the electorate after 9/11? Where we they in the run up to the invasion of Iraq? A skeptical, inquisitive, electorate is vital to a fully functioning, thriving democracy. The time to become informed, through a careful, analytical, and above all else, skeptical approach to the daily output of the corporate media (as well as even a critical eye toward the alternative press), is now, before it’s too late and Bush is handed another four-year term.

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User Comments

6/06/10 User Name Moore doesn't give any new information,but he presents it with humor, and a sense of change 4 stars
5/04/10 PAUL SHORTT ONE-SIDED CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM 3 stars
1/08/10 Dane Youssef The GW is going to destroy the US. Impeachment. Scandal. Lies. Who else but Michael Moore? 5 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner This ones ok. 3 stars
4/29/08 jesus wow that pet goat scene is a spot blower... great research 5 stars
12/16/07 Jason Fat Boy Moore forgot to take peak oil into account. Chopped pinko crap. 1 stars
2/13/07 johnnyfog Pretty poor, actually. Too opinionated, although Iraq segments are good 3 stars
1/09/07 CJBlalock Should be required viewing for all Americans. 5 stars
1/07/07 AJ Muller Maybe the editing didn't play fair, but there's no lies; that's more than Repubs. can say. 5 stars
12/22/06 David Pollastrini Liberal trash 1 stars
5/22/06 Diane P really really good and eye opening 5 stars
5/05/06 Vickie Taylor very,very, very,very,very good 5 stars
3/19/06 MP Bartley Propaganda, yes, but damn if we don't need it. And idiots still voted Bush in. Sigh..... 4 stars
11/03/05 Michael Extreme Propanda ... emotional ... but loaded with lies. 1 stars
9/24/05 the grinch only dumb ass extremists like this movie,bush won the election get over it,hehe 1 stars
9/14/05 Jonathon Holmes way more truthful than those assholes O' Reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh will ever be with us 4 stars
9/04/05 Die Bush Too many people are afraid of the truth, assassinate Bush now for the good of us all 4 stars
8/19/05 ES I'll take half of this as true and half as bull, equal to what the right wing would give us 4 stars
6/16/05 Let Freedom Shine Moore is like communists,only good at propaganda,if you wanna get deceived,see it 1 stars
6/09/05 Agent Sands Sorry, but the Bush administration deserves the entire 2 hours of this. 5 stars
6/07/05 Darcy fascinating like a tabloid 4 stars
5/27/05 Quigley have yet to see it, but probably a bunch of political lies and pure michael moore bullcrap 1 stars
4/16/05 Carol Conway You gotta see it! 5 stars
3/15/05 Adam Though Im a left leaning IP member against Bush, U must do ur own research. Moore=Left Bush 2 stars
3/01/05 CanDance Walker This is worse than total crap! 1 stars
2/28/05 --- started good, 2nd act too sensationalistic though 3 stars
2/27/05 Charlene Javier The truth hurts. 4 stars
2/26/05 Darlene Wright Biased 3 stars
2/26/05 James Kiang Though somewhat thought provoking, this was a one-sided argument that offered no solutions. 3 stars
2/21/05 Captain Craig If only half the points in this film are valid, this is the scariest movie ever 5 stars
2/21/05 Ahnold Right or wrong, Moore has the guts to question, and not lap up gov't press releases 5 stars
1/30/05 Carl Gorney Nice job...but it's sad you have to pay money to see stuff you should see on the news. 4 stars
1/28/05 Charlie It's true! Bush is a stupid idiot and red-neck! 5 stars
1/09/05 Another Stupid Hillbilly I totaly agree with teh people who didnt like this movie 1 stars
12/27/04 mjoc Propaganda and lies! Michael Moore is an embarrassment. 1 stars
12/24/04 green gremlin Dubya makes us feel nostalgic for Tricky Dicky !!! 5 stars
11/23/04 Daveman Powerful, but with a big fat paycheck from the Weinsteins, Moore needn't bash capitalism 4 stars
11/11/04 John Aster Habig only violent greedy idiots vote for violent greedy idiots 5 stars
11/09/04 shawn bush is retard and this movie just points it out to everyone that doesn't already know. 5 stars
11/07/04 Big John Moore is such a slob, goes to show 1 stars
10/24/04 Silent Watcher A Moore fan. Not a Bush fan. But, not a fan of this heavy-handed and often inaccurate work. 2 stars
10/24/04 Mephisto Moore Propaganda from an extreme liberal moron 1 stars
10/23/04 ODH Horrible, exploiting a terrible event. Bush and the terrorists caused 9/11? Yea, OK!!! 1 stars
10/22/04 T there is an obvious agenda here, is it so wrong to see someone else's take on recent events 5 stars
10/18/04 curtis There is now possible way to explain away the Bush empire and the Saudi Links. 5 stars
10/14/04 Monster W. Kung Very disappointing. BFC was great, this is not. 2 stars
10/10/04 The Talking Elbow I'm a republican who's voting for Kerry, the movie makes a valid argument 5 stars
9/26/04 Bill O'Reilly BLOWS ME Anyone who hates the war-avoiding, DUI-receiving Bush is OKAY in my book 5 stars
9/10/04 jeff i wonder how the rednecks would react to this!!! 4 stars
9/10/04 John Aster Habig Get it on DVD October 5th along with Saved! 5 stars
9/03/04 Craig This film should be required viewing for all Americans. 5 stars
8/30/04 Gray simplistic movie for the simple minded 1 stars
8/30/04 Tam Captivating polemic, a stern warning to the pro-Bush camp 5 stars
8/28/04 John Looks like Josef Goebbels made a movie about the attacks on 9/11 1 stars
8/28/04 K Man this movie is for commies 1 stars
8/26/04 Maureen McDevitt Not as much "fun" as some of his other films... 4 stars
8/23/04 Snickerdoodle Really powerful stuff, Michael Moore kicks butt! 5 stars
8/17/04 Anthony G 2 words -pure genius 5 stars
8/16/04 John well made and thought provoking - no wonder neocons are in a panic over this film 5 stars
8/15/04 Peter James Moore is proving to be one of the best documentary directors ever 5 stars
8/13/04 John Aster Habig this movie will make you cry you can't hide the truth when you look into the light 5 stars
8/12/04 Margaret So manipulative that it lacks all credibility. Moore's daughter should be embarrassed. 1 stars
8/11/04 Gray If a burgler wa shot moore would not say he was a burgler only that he was shot 1 stars
8/10/04 kass d too long and bored me by the end 3 stars
8/10/04 shenandoah walraven excellent film/ worth watching again, and again 5 stars
8/10/04 kyotomatt 59 comfirmed lies in the movie. Riefenstahl anyone? Let Bush be Jesse Owens then. 1 stars
8/05/04 Snickerdoodle One of the most powerful movies I've ever seen, Michael Moore kicks ass!!! 5 stars
8/03/04 Anthony G moore is a genius 5 stars
8/02/04 ownerofdajoint MOORE IS A GENIUS WITH THE EDITS..THE PET GOAT SCENE IS A DISASTER FOR BUSH 5 stars
8/02/04 John Aster Habig this movie will make you cry you can't hide the truth when you look into the light 5 stars
8/01/04 Ruth Benson A masterpiece 5 stars
8/01/04 DM Definitely more of a "documentary" than Moore's previous films, but not as well-made 4 stars
7/31/04 iambubby Even if they edited out every editorial comment, facts are facts 5 stars
7/31/04 its sad to see how a manipulative filmmaker can manipulate weak minds LET FREEDOM RING 1 stars
7/30/04 KR A few distortions and a lot of opinion, but also a lot of facts. 4 stars
7/30/04 Nick Brilliant 5 stars
7/28/04 BrianWilly There is no reason why everyone should not see this movie. 5 stars
7/28/04 Gray crude yes reality no 1 stars
7/26/04 Matias. Well guys, at last someone stepped up and showed the crude political reality.. 5 stars
7/26/04 Melissa Horrible propaganda, showing Iraq as peaceful b/f US came...yeah right 1 stars
7/25/04 jim Americans need help, so please take it 5 stars
7/24/04 Chris A real eye opener and very entertaining 5 stars
7/24/04 David Caldwell Extremely biased, but what is wrong with that? certainly thought provoking 5 stars
7/23/04 matthew Smith essential viewing and a real eye opener 5 stars
7/23/04 g "is no one offend Moore has called white people lazy? 1 stars
7/21/04 John Who plays the bluegrass banjo? 4 stars
7/21/04 arctic Jester Moore isn't objective but neither is King Bush. 5 stars
7/19/04 Jessica Gill Definitely one to go-see. Thought the second half dragged a little though. 4 stars
7/19/04 LET FREEDOM RING terrorists LOVE this movie,too bad some idiots here do too 1 stars
7/19/04 Clinton most Manipulative film since triumph of the will 1 stars
7/19/04 Daveman If the influence of this film will go towards removing Bush from office then it gets my vot 5 stars
7/18/04 Paul Stubbs The most moving documentary I`ve ever seen. 5 stars
7/18/04 john bale Manipulative opionated yet funny moving distrubing raises serious doubts about Bush & Iraq 4 stars
7/18/04 Nobody Only moore couldassemble such lies, exaggerations and propaganda and call it a documentary. 1 stars
7/18/04 G Hawkeye has the right idea and so does legend 1 stars
7/18/04 Hawkeye Ignore the reviews and the political hype- just go see it and form your own opinion. 5 stars
7/17/04 legend For some reason people think this is a documentary when it's really an Op-Ed piece. 3 stars
7/17/04 Gray go rent osama instead 1 stars
7/16/04 John Donn Scary to see what a right wing dictatorship looks like 5 stars
7/14/04 crystal damn liberals. 4 stars
7/14/04 George Jung One of Moore's worst movies. But come on, that shit was entertaining! 4 stars
7/14/04 Richard Nixon I'll vouch for Bush. This movie sucks. Trust me 1 stars
7/14/04 Simon Khalil Anyone who likes Bush after seeing this deserves him as a president 5 stars
7/13/04 Catherine Made me stop hand think. 4 stars
7/13/04 joe diaz moore trys to brainwash viewers to believe everything he says 1 stars
7/13/04 Miriam I was a little disappointed in the content. 3 stars
7/12/04 Tony Johnsen Excellent Movie, unlike "Depantsing of the Christ", this movie is based on facts 5 stars
7/12/04 A. DERALICT This movie is a waste of money . 1 stars
7/11/04 MF Highly effective 5 stars
7/11/04 neocon tendentious schlock for IQs 65 and under 1 stars
7/11/04 Eugene McGovern Moore's dishonesty wrecks any credibility he once had 1 stars
7/11/04 Uncle Phucker Only enjoyed by Republican males?? Strange comment war. Some bullshit all intriging. 4 stars
7/10/04 paul I've never left a movie angrier 5 stars
7/09/04 m1478 Moore goes over the top on a few things, but a lot is eye opening 5 stars
7/09/04 Suzz Excellent film exposing those who prey upon us all 5 stars
7/09/04 war could only be enjoyed by Hetero WASP Republican Males :) 1 stars
7/09/04 The Grinch I'd rather be a moron than a Mooreon, james. 2 stars
7/09/04 Alan A collection of illusions bordering on delusion. 3 stars
7/08/04 S.f. Awesome. 5 stars
7/08/04 Jean faut pas capoter avec ça, Keep your panties on leftists, it's bull 2 stars
7/08/04 jesus when will morons pull your heads out of your asses and realise the obvious? 5 stars
7/08/04 varyouga Too conservative. Focuses to much on Bush and not on the big picture. But it's a start. 4 stars
7/07/04 Yunker If u buy into it's message, your an idiot. 1 stars
7/07/04 elizaveta Excellent work - the situations all but speak for themselves. 5 stars
7/07/04 M MooRe fuck you james you fucking fanboy 1 stars
7/07/04 Kristina Now THAT's a summer movie. 5 stars
7/07/04 james propaganda? you my friend, are a fucking moron. 5 stars
7/06/04 Smitty I hate Bush but this movie is a self-serving piece of crap - propoganda, not documementary 1 stars
7/06/04 colleen hilarious 5 stars
7/06/04 Eric Harker Extremely powerful, moments of humor, then moments of tears 5 stars
7/06/04 tyger,tyger Important, meaningful, thought provoking 5 stars
7/06/04 Talonsoft the constitution: how i miss you. Great film 5 stars
7/05/04 Ahnold Anyone who wishes to get an idea of how Presidents operate (mostly republicans) should see 5 stars
7/05/04 Heather Great movie, a definite must see 5 stars
7/04/04 Jeff Semlow I thought it was powerful, but Moore's methods were questionable. 4 stars
7/04/04 Bush sucks — but Moore is worse. I hope Bush loses, but Moore just helps the republicans. What ridiculous, sloppy propaganda 1 stars
7/04/04 your worst goddamn nightmare Ok, Bush is an idiot, I get it!!! :-] 4 stars
7/04/04 rocky@volcanomail.com arguments that try to discredit this film's footage have been disingenuous and weak B.S 5 stars
7/04/04 David Greene Should be seen by all 4 stars
7/04/04 Dan The film had plenty of act Bush footage thatMoore didn't create. How is that propaganda? 4 stars
7/03/04 nixon if you dont like this, then you are a republican fuck head cunt bastard and you need to die 5 stars
7/03/04 alien assassin If you think this sucks, get your head out of your ass and face reality !!! Bush must go !! 5 stars
7/03/04 Willphul Inphrinj The adience response is the best part. Great work. A few flaws. 5 stars
7/03/04 iber go see it yourself! 5 stars
7/03/04 The Dude Bush is a piece of shit. The toilet will be flushed in November. 5 stars
7/03/04 Darren Shea An emotionally powerful film. None of the morons attacking it have even seen it. 5 stars
7/03/04 R. J. Vacendak This film has been totally discredited. 1 stars
7/02/04 John This movie stinks like shiiiiiit. Full of lies. Terrorists will love this movie. 1 stars
7/02/04 jcjs excellent, even humorous gathering of information and pics 4 stars
7/02/04 Glenda Interian One person's all-consuming, obsessed, personal socio-political opinion 2 stars
7/02/04 LET FREEDOM RING fuck more for making our troops look like killers,this is NOT a documentary 1 stars
7/02/04 LET FREEDOM RING terrorists love this movie i heard,wake up!the real enemy is bin laden!! 1 stars
7/02/04 Gray I hate BUsh and Moore 1 stars
7/02/04 Louise Tuffin I loved the movie and I think it should be required viewing for all "blindly faithful right 5 stars
7/01/04 Marcus Michael Moore for President!!!! Dubya Bush for 20 to life in prison!!!! 5 stars
7/01/04 Emperor's New Clothes? Nope. Just a Fat, Ugly, Naked, Guy. Lol, clearly no one can rate this movie without getting political, I'll say BOO YA DUBYA 5 stars
7/01/04 nh Damn Bush is stupid. 5 stars
7/01/04 carrie nae Bush supporters are ignorant!!1 5 stars
7/01/04 Christian Wright Yer all goin' to hell fer watchin' this!!! 1 stars
7/01/04 Terriann Bring out into Mainstream America 5 stars
7/01/04 Daniel Casselberry I loved it! 5 stars
7/01/04 Cody Barthuly This is just another propaganda movie for kerry 1 stars
6/30/04 too-much-coffee mistress a review of Paquin's review. Very wordy, without actually saying much. Excellent movie. 5 stars
6/30/04 ben baity An indictment of the whole system. 5 stars
6/30/04 Richard Deal It's too bad one has to pay to go to a movie to get the truth while Fox et al spew their li 5 stars
6/30/04 The More You Know B4C wuz better 5 stars
6/30/04 Grant Thank god someone told the truth! 5 stars
6/30/04 Joan Donahue a movie to see with the whole family 5 stars
6/30/04 Brigitte Hayes From funny to heart-breaking 5 stars
6/30/04 Robert Hannan I laughed, I cried. I got really P.O'd. 5 stars
6/30/04 WarrenG Sweet. Visit Website for more details on some of the controversial parts 5 stars
6/30/04 Fran Ternus provocative, persuasive and very well done 5 stars
6/30/04 Laura Wilkerson An Amazing Experience 5 stars
6/30/04 Stephen Starr The Neo-Cons seem desperate to stop this film. FYI, the fact checking was extensive. 5 stars
6/30/04 Patrick Naylor Overdone and slanted, sure--but contains some heart-stopping truths that we should all know 5 stars
6/30/04 Matt Neo-Cons shit themselves after the truth was exposed. Good job Mike! 5 stars
6/29/04 Ken Follett EVERYONE and ANYONE who loves this country MUST see this film. 5 stars
6/29/04 Lisai To-the-core-brutal wake up call to Americans. 5 stars
6/29/04 George Silva Awsome is an understatement. 5 stars
6/29/04 Jamie Excellent! It has thrown the "right" people into a panic! 5 stars
6/29/04 Bruce This movie is pure propaganda. Nothing but half truthes, distortions and outright lies. 1 stars
6/29/04 marc Mass awareness - of the debacle that is this country's administration - may become reality. 5 stars
6/29/04 craig great film 5 stars
6/29/04 bullit16 Infuriating. Get out and vote and get this evil administration out of power 5 stars
6/29/04 pat and tom Remarkable and important film. Every US citizen should see it. 5 stars
6/29/04 marta it really delivers on the stolen election & the cabal running the country for fat profits 5 stars
6/29/04 Joseph Karnes Moore is a true patriot! 5 stars
6/29/04 John insightful well made and raises some imprtant questions! 5 stars
6/29/04 joe mahan fantastic and important movie. much better than the usual mindless special effects films 5 stars
6/29/04 Craig Typical, dissing a movie without seeing a second of it. For shame. 5 stars
6/29/04 Betsy Pure propaganda, a very selectively edited rant, so far from a documentary it is trivial 1 stars
6/29/04 Jennifer Powerful and Important 5 stars
6/29/04 Heather Great movie 5 stars
6/29/04 Alfred N Godinez Finally! Someone exposing what the masses insisted on ignoring!Thank You, Mike Moore!! 5 stars
6/29/04 ZenCow Will have you lauhging your ass at Bush and his unholy neocon administration. 5 stars
6/28/04 james the most important peice of art to ever be created 5 stars
6/28/04 strider3700 please americans, see the movie and vote this time he's good for noone 5 stars
6/28/04 chicodude Great flick, down with Bush and his people 5 stars
6/28/04 whatevr I personaly liked Bowling better, but this is still good 5 stars
6/28/04 roberta watson This Republican will vote against bush...sometimes the TRUTH Hurts..thank you Mr. Moore 5 stars
6/28/04 Desperado Anyone who says this movie is all crap, is just the stpid ignorant person Bush wants to... 5 stars
6/28/04 David The number ONE film in america and for good reason. Lets Send Bush Back to Crawford 5 stars
6/28/04 Titus Not as good as Columbine, but something everyone should see. 4 stars
6/28/04 Sean Nothing but one persons opinion/agenda. 1 stars
6/28/04 Olga The world should see this film...our future is at stake. 5 stars
6/28/04 colleen i never knew george bush was such a comedian 5 stars
6/27/04 Uncle Phucker Moore is a master of manipulation. We must'nt forget to form our own opinions though. 5 stars
6/27/04 Mike Cecconi A cinematic punch to the heart. 5 stars
6/27/04 Cobra Commander Great Fuckin movie... too bad I feel all pissed off about the way things are now... 5 stars
6/27/04 what now? well executed eye-opener, but don't get ahead of yourself, it's clearly one sided 4 stars
6/27/04 Colleen Callaghan Fantastic! EVERYONE should watch this movie, it should be a mandatory school field trip!!!! 5 stars
6/27/04 Jim Anyone who sees this and still votes for Dubya is a moron ... 5 stars
6/27/04 Vicious A damning, flawless argument against bush and his scum in cinema form. 5 stars
6/27/04 bush stinks hope it gets rid of that bum 5 stars
6/27/04 Heather It's the most pro-American movie you will see this year 5 stars
6/27/04 kuma important 5 stars
6/27/04 phil in usualy moore tradition, very one sided. 1 stars
6/26/04 ajay one of the most important films I've seen. 5 stars
6/26/04 maxomai A sobering documentary, and a powerful anti-war film. 5 stars
6/26/04 Edler Why is this political creature on the HBS? What is next? Nova, 60 minutes, Hannity's show? 2 stars
6/26/04 lindy03 Awesome! 5 stars
6/26/04 alexis basch best movie i've seen 5 stars
6/26/04 horny guy amazing. how does he do it 5 stars
6/26/04 Wildcarde1 undeniably amazing. Anyone who hates this has obviously not seen it 5 stars
6/26/04 me fat bastard strikes again 1 stars
6/26/04 Simon Khalil Great movie must see for all people for Bush... or Against Bush... 5 stars
6/26/04 Thomas Pacheco Moore is the man I don't think this man could make a bad movie 5 stars
6/26/04 Louis I haven't even seen this yet, but I know it's gonna rule! 5 stars
6/26/04 Emily To LET EMPIRE RING: Has terrorism been dealt with? We should alert the terrorists! 5 stars
6/26/04 Bush Sucks One of the most important movies you will see this year 5 stars
6/25/04 Stephen Spielborg Better than anything I ever made. 5 stars
6/25/04 Gray biased film with good intentions 3 stars
6/25/04 Kevin Makes you want to go straight to the White House and punch everyone in the gut. 5 stars
6/25/04 Deckard Smarter than I thought it would be. Starts a conversation that is long overdue. 5 stars
6/24/04 thejames Beautiful film. Why does the USA have so many morons in it? 5 stars
6/24/04 maxomai Amazingly, people are giving this film bad reviews before they ever even see it. 5 stars
6/23/04 Betsy I had hopes, but Moore turns out to be a tool. This is pure twit propaganda. 1 stars
6/23/04 Ben Williams Nothing more than a springboard for Moore's biased political agenda. 2 stars
6/21/04 Dan-O Rameriez saw a preview and was stunned ... if Bush wins in November, I am moving back to Ibeza 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Jun-2004 (R)
  DVD: 05-Oct-2004

UK
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Australia
  29-Jul-2004


Directed by
  Michael Moore

Written by
  Michael Moore

Cast
  Michael Moore
  George W. Bush



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