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This Film is Not Yet Rated
In a rare and refreshing reversal of roles, filmmakers put the powerful Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA for short) under the microscope for inspection in Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick's incisive look at stateside cinema's most notorious non-censoring censors. Compelled by the staggering amount of power that the MPAA ratings board wields, the filmmaker seeks out the true identities of the anonymous elite who control what films make it to the multiplex. He even goes so far as to hire a private investigator to stake out MPAA headquarters and expose… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie that is at once eye-opening and hilarious."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"...A ringing indictment of a system that's not just broken. It's rigged and needs replacing."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[The film] has a refreshingly snotty sense of humor...Dick would put a banana peel out on Ventura Boulevard if he thought a[n MPAA] rater might slip on it."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"paroysiazei me anatreptiki diathesi, maniasmeno peisma kai dianooymenistiko sarkasmo tin tragiki geloiotita tis skiodoys epitropis, poy me adieykrinista kritiria kai kathagiasmeno etsithelismo, frontizei gia tin katharotita toy kinimatografikoy proiontos"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Dick bares the graphic inconsistencies in the Hollywood ratings game, especially when it comes to the great divide between violence (bring it on) and sex (don't take it off)."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"a head-spinning mystery, a brisk history of motion picture censorship in the U.S. and entertaining, often hilarious, visual proof of Hollywood's hypocrisy in his latest film."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"You can tell that Dick, whose previous documentary Derrida showed that he had serious chops, is having fun with this one. And a good part of the fun involves providing entertaining educational highlights for the public."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Even if you've never given a second thought to who bestows ratings on movies or how those ranks are given, Kirby Dick's enlightening documentary will catch you up in its infectious spin of curiosity."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"What the film doesn't offer is much hope -- or much balance."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"If you care about the freedom of expression, including in the film industry, this documentary feature is important as a learning tool."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"It makes a good case for some all-American free enterprise to come up with an alternative."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Winds up feeling shallow, padded and unrevealing."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"...a smug little documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Takes a comical look at the ratings board and its nefarious activities in giving a film a rating."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A damning documentary which indicts the MPAA as a thinly-veiled arm of the handful of Hollywood studios which have come to dominate the film industry."
‑ Kam Williams, BlackFilm.com
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