What Would Jesus Buy? Synopsis
An evangelist crusades against rampant consumerism.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The stripped-down filmmaking preserves the abruptness and surprise of the happy (and unhappy) accidents Reverend Billy finds at every stop...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Encourages viewers to think outside the big box of super stores such as Wal-Mart.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Steeped in what may be the ultimate postmodern irony: Talen's impromptu, defiant piece of performance art with political undertones has...
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75

Chicago Tribune

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It’s a wickedly effective indictment of America’s consumer compulsion, our mindless shopping and the multinational corporations controlling...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The character isn't just shtick, though. As Billy, Talen has staged many protests in Times Square and anti-shopping "interventions" at...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

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The movie has a sharp point -- Americans shop too much -- but it's a problem that its bellowing hero, always accompanied by his red-robed...
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63

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Fairly entertaining, repetitive exhortations of a televangelist who looks like Kurt Russell playing Elvis Presley with 12 additional teeth.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Despite effective moments, VanAlkemade's film is too diffuse. He gives us snippets of the group's spirited performances, but their effect...
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
You know that deflated feeling you get after you've spent a lot of time and money shopping - and have little to show for your efforts? This...
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40

Austin Chronicle

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True believers make for sloppy documentarians and that What Would Jesus Buy? is stuck in neutral because of its director’s almost total...
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A HOLIDAY EPIC

By nsternawesome
After watching this trailer, I am amazed to think that a movie like this exists, a movie that can inform, inspire, and entertain. There's going to be a reckoning between Reverend Billy and Mickey...

A must see movie........

By Bobzilla
I saw this a few weeks ago at the San Francisco Doc Festival. It's a well done, topical movie that many of us NEED to see. With consumer debt at an all time high, the subprime mortgage crisis...

Delighted and Surprised

By Americanism
I went with some hesitation, thinking that the film relied on mockery of religion and of Christmas in order to get some of its laughs - but it turns out that Rev Billy is on a sincere mission, with a...

A must-see movie for the season.

By staceylovett
Rev. Billy' s artistic genius is brilliantly unsurpassed and he doesn't fail to amuse and enlighten in this film. Teaming up with producer Morgan Spurlock was no mistake either. As a long-time fan...

Reality check

By GordonB
This movie provides you with a reality check on what happens to us during Christmas time. The fact that we spend and spend and our debt grows and grows during this time. America needs this reality...

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Rated PG | For thematic material and brief mild language