Grassroots (2012)

A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he's right. Almost. It's before Twitter, before the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 22, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm.

Francesca Steele
Independent (UK)

[Jason Biggs] is great here as the reluctant idealist torn between sense and optimism.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.

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Andrew Schenker
Time Out

This is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.

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Niki Boyle
The List

A movie populated by dislikeable characters and written/directed with no aplomb whatsoever ...

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

At first glance, "Grassroots" doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

[A] refreshing real-life political story ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
The Movie Waffler
Gyllenhaal's film is based on the true story of Grant Cogswell, an out of work music critic who ran for city council in Seattle's 2001 campaign, his… More
Jesse Ortega
This is another one of those movies where quarter ratings would more accurately describe my thoughts about the film. It's definitely better than average,… More