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A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he's right. Almost. It's before Twitter, before the flash mob, before Obama. It's 2001, and political unknown Grant Cogswell decides he must take down Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver. Grant has only one dream, but it's a big one: an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city's wet streets. Grassroots is a character-driven comedy about the power of the people and the virtues of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A movie populated by dislikeable characters and written/directed with no aplomb whatsoever ..."
‑ Niki Boyle, The List
"Proves very likable, if a little Sorkin-lite."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"With Avatar's Moore on inspiring form, and Biggs the best he's been since early Pie, this is still worth your vote."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"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."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, NPR
"This is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"[A] refreshing real-life political story ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"You'll root for the giant all the way."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Grassroots is so in love with its titular spirit that an underlying note of cynicism is never fully embraced... With results at the ballot so close to the line, though, one might reasonably expect a bit of a mixed message to emerge."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"At first glance, "Grassroots" doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"There's a terrific sense of righteous anger in this scruffy comedy about disenfranchised people shaking American politics to its core."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Engaging, enjoyable and extremely well timed political comedy/drama with a strong script and a pair of terrific performances from Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"For what it's worth, Grassroots features Cedric the Entertainer's best performance to date."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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