This Divided State
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The state of Utah has long been home to the American headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (better known as the Mormons), and as befits the straight-laced lifestyle dictated by the faith, Utah tends to be a solidly conservative community and traditionally supportive of Republican candidates. However, many gained a perspective on just how conservative Utah was in September 2004, when filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore was invited to speak on the campus of Utah Valley State College in Orem, UT two weeks before the presidential election. While UVSC organizers expected some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a discomfiting film, bringing up all the ugly emotion of last year's electoral shouting match, concentrated in one town in one state and in one short 88-minute film."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"No matter where you stand, This Divided State has a patriotic, galvanizing effect."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The approach to recording the story is everything its subjects aren't."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"If there's a weakness here, it's that there's no challenge whatsoever in making a closed-minded right-wing nutcase look crazy"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Greenstreet's film works as yet another painful reminder of the death of political discourse."
‑ David Cornelius,
"As boisterous as it is sobering."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The 25-year-old filmmaker takes no sides himself. Wisely, he allows folks of all opinions to put their feet in their mouths all by themselves."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Vivid, dramatic stuff."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"An interesting and anger inducing documentary."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Compelling, intriguing, utterly absorbing."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"It lacks the substance to sustain its feature-length running time."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"[It] plays like the ultimate anti-travelogue."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The intensity of the opposition and the deep fissures it revealed in the fabric of American civil discourse are still astonishing."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The problem is that Greenstreet apparently had no idea what kind of movie he wanted to make."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"A hard-hitting documentary about the heated nature of the cultural wars in America and the hallowedness of free speech."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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