• Released
  • October 15, 2010
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • Documentary
83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Arnold Schwarzenegger appears as the rare politician who supports reform in this timely exposé of how our democracy has slipped off its tracks.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
While the film adopts a sometimes jaunty tone, the fact is that gerrymandering is bad news, assuming you believe that elections should mean something.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
An illustrated civics lesson that strains to make its complicated, shadowy subject - electoral redistricting - a political hot topic.
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Mark Keizer
There is so much wrong with the political system at this point that gerrymandering, in which politicians shamelessly redraw electoral boundaries to rig the outcome of elections, seems almost quaint.
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50

Village Voice

It gets complicated: Re-districting in Chicago gave Obama a clear advantage in his Senate election, an inconvenient truth that Reichert leaves open to debate. A clearer example of gerrymandering's mendacity is offered by Tom DeLay, who rides his black heart into yet another political documentary and fills, as ever, the role of the indisputable villain.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Despite much archival and news footage, along with ample face time from that initiative's most ebullient supporter, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the contest lacks the kind of inherent drama and tension that could have helped quicken the movie's measured pulse.
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42

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
At the start of Gerrymandering, Reichert quotes Thomas Pynchon, writing, "Nothing will produce bad history more directly nor brutally than drawing a line." The same could be said of documentaries.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Watching Gerrymandering is like taking a course on a subject you keenly want to learn about only to discover the lecturer is a boring, old windbag.
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40

Time Out New York

By S. James Snyder
Good policy does not ensure good drama; Gerrymandering summarizes an urgent issue but forgets to detail the true fallout.
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49 out of 100
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