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With the recent assault on Berlusconi in Milan where a man threw a statuette at the prime minister hitting him in the face and causing considerable injury, and the subsequent notice by his administration that the government would seek tighter controls on Facebook and other social networking sites which they claim "instigate" violence against the prime minister, this elucidating probe of Italian mass media and political skullduggery comes to U.S. audiences at a bizarre and critical moment in Italian history.Thirty years ago, Silvio Berlusconi bought a local television channel and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Less than the sum of its parts; colorful, but not quite a forceful enough inquisition into the go-go, power-grab pop intersection of fame, tabloidism and information management to connect in lasting emotional fashion."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Italian-born director Erik Gandini's damning mess of a documentary purports to reveal that Italy is TV- and celebrity-besotted -- which is true but not new."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"This extremely clever documentary explores the power of the media through a remarkably unsettling case study: namely, Italy. Not only is the situation there pretty frightening, but it has implications for every other media-obsessed nation."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation's addiction to fame."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"If a team of clever screenwriters tried to script a cautionary tale about the politics of fame (and the fame of politics), they likely couldn't come up with anything odder or more apt than Erik Gandini's documentary Videocracy."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Videocracy is a fascinating film, indicative of the new wave of scorn and revulsion felt by a younger generation of Italians for Berlusconi's smug and mediocre rule."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gandini's voiceover is a little ponderous, but, aptly for a film about the primacy of the image, he lets the pictures, many of them deliberately awkward tableaux, others bordering on absurdist, do most of the work."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Politicians of the world are the celebrity faces of multi-national global corporations that call the shots. If that's news to you then sure, go see this documentary about Italy's variety of such exploitation."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The combination of terrific footage with a low, rumbling score of doom makes this a compelling horror show."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It feels like a major excavation -- the Rosetta stone by which we might come to understand Jersey Shore."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Celebrity and the PR politico"
‑ Paul Knoll, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Sadly, filmmaker Erik Gandini misses an opportunity ... in this documentary that sets out to explore the links between Berlusconi's business interests and his political standing."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A documentary that wakes us up to the pitfalls of politically controlled television and then puts us to sleep watching the people producing it."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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