Bowling for Columbine
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Filmmaker, author, and political activist Michael Moore trains his satirical eye on America's obsession with guns and violence in his third feature-length documentary, which gets its title from a pair of loosely related incidents. On April 20, 1999, shortly before they began their infamous killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attended their favorite class, a no-credit bowling course held at a bowling alley near the school, the same bowling alley which would become the scene of a robbery and triple homicide two years later. While pondering… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"All in all, Mr. Moore has given us a lot to think about in Bowling for Columbine, and he has entertained us royally in the process."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Bowling for Columbine would never be mistaken for even-handed, but it is at least a sincere attempt to find the source of this country's inability to curb gun violence and murder."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A frustrating film that asks more questions than answers."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It may be more op-ed than journalistic, but that does not distract from the fact that BFC makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking film."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Bowling for dollars"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Fascinating, thought-provoking, often fitfully funny and sometimes devastatingly sad."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A sweeping, sometimes insightful and often funny look at America's culture of violence."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Agree with his messages or not, there's no denying the effectiveness of Moore's presentation."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Why do Americans seem so inclined to slaughter one another? Once again, Michael Moore has once again waded into some rather murky waters to weigh in on a very thorny subject."
‑ Kam Williams, Global Rhythm Magazine
"Moore's timing couldn't be better aimed for all Americans to search in their heart of hearts and ask why we live in a pathological gun culture."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"A worthy successor to Roger & Me."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"For all its gallows humor and choked laughter of disbelief, it feels rather soul-sick and bewildered."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Even if his information is, oh, even 40% false... the ideas he is presenting need to be heard, examined, and reckoned with."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Perhaps a world as outrageous as ours deserves a filmmaker as blunt as Michael Moore."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
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