100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Moore's best movie, and one of the most blisteringly effective polemics and documentaries ever.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This volcanically funny and seriously scary look at America's obsession with guns is meant to shake us up good. And it does.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Documentary reaches an exalted level of filmmaking. It explains the very fabric of American society.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
That broad range of subject matter is indicative of the messy, meandering structure of the movie. But if Moore fails to tie this unwieldy movie into a lucid thesis, at least every tangent he chases down has its own payoff.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Moore's roving essay feels even more urgent now than it did when the jury had to make up an award to honor it at the Cannes film festival in May.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Imperfect as it may be, Bowling for Columbine is riveting stuff.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Both hilarious and sorrowful.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Moore brilliantly unmasks the inanity of the arguments used in the debate over gun control in America. He then undermines himself by leaping into the blame game without supporting his central thesis, that the media is what makes teens like the ones at Columbine turn around and shoot up their schools.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Irreverent, provocative and provoking.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Even Moore's target ticket-buyers are likely to squirm with concern, unsure of who the real weasels and idiots are in this large, unkempt, rambunctious country of ours.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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