Programming The Nation?
Programming The Nation? (2011)

Programming the Nation? takes a powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers).

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.

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Brent Simon

A shaggy look at the history of subliminal messaging and advertising in the United States that leaves one wanting for the pruning of a sensible editor.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Serves as a vital wake-up call and manages to be simultaneously entertaining, provocative and enraging--just as all harsh truths, sans euphemisms, should be presented.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

"Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form.

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Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Some excellent interviews and a thoughtful global consideration of its topic more than offset an enervated tone.

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