Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion
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Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion
More than 30 years after Roe v. Wade affirmed a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion, President George W. Bush's conservative appointments to the Supreme Court threaten to overturn the decision and filmmakers Stephen Fell and Will Thompson set out to document what many consider to be the most controversial social movement in American history. Over the course of one year, Fell and Thompson were granted unprecedented access to pro-life groups, leaders in the movement, and fundraising campaigns that are working harder than ever to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision. With college… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here's a movie everyone can hate. Anti-abortionists will hate it because, without any editorializing, [it] show the activists for the self-righteous zealots they are. And pro-choicers will hate it because the people and their propaganda are so odious."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The filmmakers suggest that this subject is innately unpleasant, and that if advocates on either side bring it into the open and provoke a visceral reaction from otherwise complacent foes, they've scored a small victory."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Two college students hope to create the first unbiased doc on the issue. They refused funding from churches, etc utilizing sources for student projects instead. Well done."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Unborn in the USA will not change your mind about abortion, but it will make pro-choicers think differently about people who actively work to stop it from happening."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A snapshot of a well-funded political underground that doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Whatever your views on abortion, you need to hear the subjects of this film, if only to be able to fight them more effectively."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Whatever your personal feelings or political opinions on abortion, [directors] Fell and Thompson's film is likely to make you feel wretched. It's an uneven but fascinating survey of views and tactics in the contemporary pro-life movement."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Sharp appraisal of fetus fetishists."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Filmmakers Stephen Fell and Will Thompson examine one reason the pro-life movement might be gaining so much ground: Its no-holds-barred use of disturbing images of aborted fetuses."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"t's almost impossible to make a fair-minded, non-exploitative documentary about the abortion debate, but Stephen Fell and Will Thompson take a credible shot with Unborn In The USA: Inside The War On Abortion."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Unborn doesn't really add or detract from the debate -- you wish the directors had asked a hard question or two."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"This shot-on-video documentary masterfully gives a balanced picture, sans editorializing."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Much like last year's Jesus Camp, Fell and Thompson let the Christian fanatics hold the floor."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
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