75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Neva Chonin
The film is ultimately as much an indictment of liberal apathy as of conservative dirty dealing, and a canonization of McKinney for her continued refusal to follow any party's party line.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

An engrossing, low-budget documentary, is a powerful examination of voting rights in America.
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70

Film Threat

Seeing stories about politicians like this that are so strongly passionate and enduring uplifts our feelings of dread towards politics. If only more politicians followed her example, perhaps we wouldn’t be in the current state we are in today.
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Ernest Hardy
An illuminating, infuriating document that paints McKinney as a true American heroine and patriot and confirms your worst fears about just how rotten our "democratic" process is at its core.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Though occasionally inflammatory -- one interviewee talks about being "slingshotted into slavery" -- American Blackout isn’t a conspiracy rant. It's a methodical compilation of questions and irregularities that deserves a wider audience.
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70

Village Voice

This passionate polemic follows Democratic representative Cynthia McKinney, of Georgia, as she campaigns to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie includes a postscript about her (McKinney's) loss, blaming it on more dirty tricks. That may be true, but it doesn't put the steam back in the film.
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40

Variety

By Robert Koehler
If all that Ian Inaba's latest Guerilla News Network missive, American Blackout, wants to do is get left Democrats worked up into a lather of righteous anger at crafty Republicans, it does so at the expense of speaking to any other group of Americans. As such, docu is extremely limited and almost without purpose except as an organizing tool for party foot soldiers.
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61 out of 100
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