America: Freedom To Fascism
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America: Freedom To Fascism
Former rock & roll promoter and manager-turned-political activist Aaron Russo sets out to discover the truth behind the Internal Revenue Service in an eye-opening documentary filmed to find out if there is any existing law that requires Americans to pay an income tax. What Russo claims to uncover in his nonpartisan investigation is a systematic erosion of civil liberties implemented by wealthy bankers in the early 19th century and subsequently proliferated by a government more interested in ruling the people than serving them. Interviews with former U.S. congressmen, a former IRS commissioner,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Russo's brand of libertarianism is at best naive and at worst tin-foil-hat crazy."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"The mess we're in never looked so messy."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
""America: Freedom To Fascism" captures America's current gloom and doom zeitgeist with plenty of controversial ideas to send any dinner party into a shouting match."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There is food for thought here. But Russo loses his grasp on the material once he expands his focus."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The catch is the IRS doesn't care and will seize all your property and possibly throw you in jail if you refuse to pay.Talk about a buzzkill."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Essentially the filmmaking equivalent of an enraged blog on the Web -- pointed and provocative, but not exactly a comprehensive source for the issues it addresses."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"As if anticipating bad reviews, Russo ends his scattershot assault with a preemptive strike against the media: 'It's just the Federal Reserve System trying to save itself.' If you buy that line, then I'm the great-grandson of a 1913 conspirator."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A thought-provoking clarion call which concludes that America, instead of being by the people and for the people is, in truth, an oppressive, exploitative Big Brother where government and corporations reign supreme."
‑ Kam Williams, One People's Project
"If Russo really wanted to attract an audience, he should have called this: Why You Don't Have To Pay Taxes! Now that's a title that would get people in the seats."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"If it's true, we're all due a monumental refund; if not, Russo and his cohorts may want to start looking for write-offs."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"While the film -- which Russo produced, directed, edited and wrote -- has some fascinating and compelling arguments, it quickly assumes the tone of an angry diatribe rather than a well-reasoned political discussion."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism can't even think straight, it's so mad."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"repetitive and completely self-serving, with Russo making a serious of specious arguments that are largely laughed at by his serious subjects"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Russo comes off as a paranoid ranter, the movie equivalent of the street-corner pamphleteer with tinfoil in his hat to keep out the gamma rays."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Even the staunchest and most forgiving of Libertarians would have to admit that this film comes up quite short."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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