This Revolution
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Filmmaker and activist Stephen Marshall, creator of the video news magazine Channel Zero and founder of Guerilla News Network, blends fiction with reality in this feature, shot in part during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Jake (Nathan Crooker) is a television news cameraman who has returned to the United States after a long assignment covering the war in Iraq. Jake is looking for work, but he doesn't always play ball with upper-level network heads, much to the annoyance of his girlfriend, Chloe (Amy Redford), a producer for a major cable news outlet. Adding to his mixed feelings… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"The fusion of fiction and independent journalism adds to the complexity of a story that exposes the 'news' as a narrative cowritten by the government and the TV networks."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As any revolutionary knows, there's a big leap between theory and practice, and that leap proves too much for tyro helmer Stephen Marshall's This Revolution."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Its fiction tale is shrill, lifeless and uninteresting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie fails on nearly every level."
‑ Peter Hanson, Film Threat
"Stephen Marshall's admirable but unfocused new film is set in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"It's the kind of engaged, political filmmaking that is rarely seen today, and it's a welcome and powerful addition to the canon."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Marshall's ambitions are admirable, but he falls short when it comes to wrapping the message in credible, compelling drama."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Marshall says he was inspired by the Haskell Wexler cult classic Medium Cool, filmed at the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He has a lot to learn before he'll be anywhere near Wexler."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Director Stephen Marshall is more activist than film theorist, prone to editorializing ('I'm certainly not going to sacrifice profits,' one journalist character sneers) without the equivalent of Wexler's formal rigor."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"It's a pity that such vital, thought-provoking material has been rendered so lifeless and inauthentic on the screen."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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