What Would Jesus Buy?
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Bill Talen is a New York-based activist and performance artist who since the late '90s has won notoriety for his character Rev. Billy. Rev. Billy is a wildly charismatic street preacher and self-appointed leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, who began his career speaking out against the gentrification of New York City, the forced renovation of 42nd Street, and his favorite symbol of the evils of international marketing, the Disney Store. Since then, Rev. Billy has expanded his targets to include a number of firms (including Starbucks Coffee and several fast food chains) who engage in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The good reverend and his crew do their best to get busted at assorted corporate shrines (Disneyland, the Mall of America), but their media-driven antics serve only to underline Spurlock's add-water-and-stir approach to political documentary."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"What Would Jesus Buy? is paved with good intentions..."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"So we need a better movie about this subject. As usual."
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"Seeing WWJB? in a theater is not necessary, although seeing him and the choir hijacking a mall in person would be better than Beowulf in IMAX."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Having illuminated the many dimensions in that vast universe between the flat affect of creative depression and the modish affectation of emo posing, Corbijn manages Control with elegant, understated veneration."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"What Would Jesus Buy? is must-see viewing for anyone who thinks of Christmas as just a mall and its night visitors."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"In WWJB, we don't really feel like we get to know anyone that well, not even the primary subjects of the film: Billy and his choir."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"The shopaholic wages of sin are...the Shopocalypse!"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Talen runs the risk of losing his purpose amid his performance."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"While the movie may be a good vehicle for Rev. Billy's points, it's too tied to his point of view."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"WWJB? encourages viewers to think outside the big box of super stores such as Wal-Mart."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This funny, yet thought provoking film asks many questions that have plagued consumerism for decades. While much of the ground tracked over is old, it fits perfectly into the modern economic situation."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Reverend Billy is a charismatic presence, even if his shtick is too silly and the documentary too unfocused to motivate any serious change in the nation's holiday spending habits."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"These bits of information could have been shocking in about 1940, 1980 and 1990. But by now, Americans who don't know couldn't care less."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Genuine and meaningful provocateurs like Talen are vital, and his message is a glad one to anymore who abhors the WalMart-ification of America."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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