Independent Lens
Independent Lens (2007)

Using an underdog congressional bid as a springboard, director Frank Popper explores the dangers of political dynasties in this documentary that aired as part of PBS's Independent Lens series. In 2004, 29-year-old political unknown Jeff… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Mr. Smith captures ground-level political machinations in an utterly fascinating way. The question raised by the title makes for an interesting, if possibly disheartening, debate.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Director Frank] Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Como documentarista, Popper curiosamente reflete as virtudes e fragilidades de seu protagonista: tem o coração no lugar certo, mas demonstra inexperiência ao criar uma narrativa com certo carisma, mas claramente amadora.

Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

For all its rah-rah David-vs.-Goliath populism, Can Mr. Smith understands that even an uncorrupted outsider like Smith must master the art of campaign gamesmanship to be successful.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The movie is breezy, fun and keeps comin' at ya. Politics needs more of this and less of what went on in Ohio.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... by-the-numbers and effective, if a bit overlong ...

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is an amusing case study in youthful enthusiasm for the electoral process, but this modest documentary skips the weighty issues posed by its namesake, the Frank Capra 1939 drama.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Warm, funny, informative, breathlessly paced and inspiring.

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Spencer S.
An underfunded documentary about how sponsership really takes a large hand in politics.
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Just like its subject, not everything goes right all the time for Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore, but the film is ultimately a fascinating, eye-opening… More
Daniel Hetteix
A heartening look into the grassroots campaign trail, and dynastic and unbreakable incumbency politics in the United States. Can actual people prevail over… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" is a perceptive documentary about Jeff Smith, a 29-year old professor, community… More