...So Goes the Nation
...So Goes the Nation (2006)

"So Goes the Nation" examines America's tumultuous electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters. The 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry provides the stage,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 4, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This informative documentary offers a sound, if uninspiring lesson in civics.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo make Ohio a confounding crucible of the American political machine and a microcosm of the country's cultural and socioeconomic fractures.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The star of the show is Paul Bagala, who in no uncertain terms points out the foibles of his own side's defeat.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Supported by commentary from both Republican and Democratic operatives, the movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message. The truth and verifiability of that message is something else again.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A fair warning that the world is watching to see whether Karl Rove and company put their thumbs on the scales again.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe -- but that still leaves too many unanswered questions.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo captured fascinating glimpses of the action leading up to the election, as well as the Monday morning quarterbacking (from Republicans and Democrats) about what went wrong or right.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Um olhar imparcial sobre as estratégias de democratas e republicanos durante a eleição presidencial de 2004, o filme buca analisar os erros e acertos que conduziram à reeleição de Bush, oferecendo respostas inteligentes e, muitas vezes, surpreendentes.

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Daniel Hetteix
A well done documentary about the electoral process, specifically in Ohio. While it could be a little clearer about the overall campaigning system, there are… More