• Released
  • June 22, 2012
  • (Seattle; 7/13 NY)
  • R , 1 hr 40 min
  • Comedy
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Perhaps the most curious omission from the movie Grassroots is that there's no mention at all of the classic "Simpsons" episode "Marge vs. the Monorail."
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55

NPR

Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.
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50

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Registers like a quaint display of local color.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A campaign movie for viewers who, if they care about politics at all, certainly don't require the full Sorkin treatment.
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40

Time Out New York

Factor in a questionable use of 9/11 footage, and this is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
By ultimately softening its stance toward McIver, Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
At first glance, Grassroots doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance. Your fifth glance will be at your watch, and at sixth glance your eyelids will be getting very, very heavy.
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12

Slant Magazine

It isn't entirely clear what Stephen Gyllenhaal sees in the material apart from some lukewarm raging against the machine.
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41 out of 100
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