Manufacturing Dissent
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In an era where fact, fiction, and legend have become increasingly difficult to distinguish, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine set out to explore the politically charged climate in America and find out just how documentary director Michael Moore has evolved from a simple filmmaker into an icon of left-leaning politics. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A solid, well-done and seemingly balanced look at Moore's work, his celebrity, his methods and the ethical problems in his reporting."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Too bad co-writers/co-directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine don't investigate -- and ingratiate -- the way their target does in his own films."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"This even-handed effort simply doesn't probe deep enough."
‑ Glen Ferris, Empire Magazine
"Moore's reputation as a brilliant polemicist takes a knock or two, here. But it's still very much upright."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The big question you have to ask yourself is: do these dishonest work practices actually undermine the message he's trying get across? The answer is probably not... because Moore is already preaching to the converted."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"There's little to disagree with in the thumbnail portrait of Moore that emerges from this entertaining doc."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Useful but limited muckraking."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"With a wide-ranging array of interviewees and an amusingly Moore-like approach to its subject, Manufacturing Dissent is an enjoyable documentary, whether you're pro-Moore, anti-Moore or indifferent."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A few serious points against Moore's credibility are overshadowed by a lot of dull posturing, unconvincing argument and unpleasant interviews. It's nothing like as good as the films made by the man it maligns."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"This hugely entertaining documentary turns Michael Moore's filmmaking style back on himself to separate the facts from the rumours. It's not a hatchet job, but Moore doesn't emerge unscathed."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Some of the accusations in this documentary by a pair of Canadian filmmakers who initially set out to make a positive portrait, will make your eyes water."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Manufacturing Dissent comes across less as an expose of a polarizing public figure than as the realization of a personal and not especially interesting grudge against a once-admired colleague who has moved on to bigger things."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Exposes a paranoid personality, testy with his critics and bullish about his methodology."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The problem in making a documentary about Moore, though, is that it probably won't be as interesting as a documentary made by him, even if his techniques are used."
‑ Laura Bushell,
"Though much of what's in the film isn't new information, seeing it all compiled in one place and building to its damning argument against Moore is effective and disturbing."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
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