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"So Goes the Nation" examines America's tumultuous electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters. The 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry provides the stage, showing how the voting public is manipulated by both parties' leaders and their political marketing machines. Political activism and the thoughts of voters themselves are revealed in the ultimate cross-section state: Ohio.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This informative documentary offers a sound, if uninspiring lesson in civics."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo make Ohio a confounding crucible of the American political machine and a microcosm of the country's cultural and socioeconomic fractures."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The star of the show is Paul Bagala, who in no uncertain terms points out the foibles of his own side's defeat."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"An unpretty picture of the 2004 Presidential election campaign animated by big money, power politics, negative campaign ads, and hatred."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Supported by commentary from both Republican and Democratic operatives, the movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message. The truth and verifiability of that message is something else again."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A fair warning that the world is watching to see whether Karl Rove and company put their thumbs on the scales again."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"A strikingly mature, but no less passionate, counterpoint to many of the season's angrier political documentaries."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe -- but that still leaves too many unanswered questions."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo captured fascinating glimpses of the action leading up to the election, as well as the Monday morning quarterbacking (from Republicans and Democrats) about what went wrong or right."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Um olhar imparcial sobre as estratégias de democratas e republicanos durante a eleição presidencial de 2004, o filme buca analisar os erros e acertos que conduziram à reeleição de Bush, oferecendo respostas inteligentes e, muitas vezes, surpreendentes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A detailed and somewhat straggling account of the 2004 presidential election's flashpoint climax in Ohio."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Boston Phoenix
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