Programming The Nation?
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Programming the Nation? takes a powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and politicians. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick leads this journey through the subconscious mind while examining the reported history, scientific research and potential effects of such techniques on society. With eye-opening footage, revealing interviews (with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Douglas Rushkoff and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers)."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A shaggy look at the history of subliminal messaging and advertising in the United States that leaves one wanting for the pruning of a sensible editor."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Ignore the negative reviews. This film is essential viewing for those trying to get a handle on the Orwellian world we are living in today."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Programming the Nation? fails to stick to its stated subject or to coherently fit it into well-trod America-as-propaganda-mill boilerplate."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Serves as a vital wake-up call and manages to be simultaneously entertaining, provocative and enraging--just as all harsh truths, sans euphemisms, should be presented."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Imperfect but important documentary about subliminal messaging."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
""Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Some excellent interviews and a thoughtful global consideration of its topic more than offset an enervated tone."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"It seems that the filmmaker has a very broad view of what subliminal messaging is all about."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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