• Released
  • August 19, 2011
  • (Limited 8/19)
  • NR , 1 hr 45 min
  • Documentary
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Programming the Nation? Synopsis
The purported uses, influences and potential subconscious side-effects of subliminal content.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Warrick finds subliminal messaging in political campaigns, military operations and even in the music played in big box stores. Warrick is...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ray Greene
Programming the Nation is a lo-fi, issues-driven documentary carried along by the strength of its ideas rather than its artless desktop...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

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Besides the fact that the film is flabby (way too much time is spent on history), its efforts to tie subliminal messaging to a vast array of...
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42

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
It's tough to keep track of everything Jeff Warrick's subliminal-advertising documentary Programming The Nation? does wrong.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
A pseudo-investigative documentary shakily committed to the subject of subliminal messaging in America, but curiously indulgent about...
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30

Village Voice

The results are irritating, occasionally educational, and frustratingly insight-free.
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30

Variety

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Being pissed off isn't enough to convince in a film that reveals very little that's new; the picture's personalized approach and...
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
This haphazard "exposé" only proves that hackery plus hot air [time] does not equal skillful muckraking.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Fusty research, aging interviewees and decades-old advertising campaigns offer background to the uninitiated, but Mr. Warrick's muddled,...
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Rated NR