What's the Matter with Kansas?
What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009)

Filmmaker Joe Winston draws inspiration from author Thomas Frank's nonfiction best-seller of the same name to explore how the state once known for its radicalism has evolved into a bastion of conservatism. Pay a visit to the Kansas… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kyle Smith
New York Post

It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Funny? Scary? Entirely logical? It all depends on your point of view, of course, and What's the Matter With Kansas? isn't likely to move viewers one way or another.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Unfocused, dry and boring. It's a squandered opportunity to extensively and compellingly tackle provocative political, social and moral issues plaguing America.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

The specific roots of a pervasive sense of disenfranchisement are barely described, as are strategies for liberals seeking to reclaim the state.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's finally a very sad movie, because it speaks to the profound depths of the political division in this country.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Not up to adequately framing the title's question, let alone answering it.

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Michael Fox
Village Voice

Paradoxically, the movie feels dated in the sense that it pre-dates both the recession and Obama's campaign, yet prescient in illuminating a crisis that plagues us today.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Every single person in this film is seen as themselves, is allowed to speak and seems to have a good heart. I've rarely seen a documentary quite like it. It has a point to make but no ax to grind.

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Prairie Miller

Eludes deeper and larger questions. Such as lost elections, and their reasoning when God is not on their side. Nor the rising tide of racial and anti-immigrant strife fueling the Tea Party movement, whose unrecognized roots clearly reside in this doc.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Here is the thesis of the book: Republicans use social and religious issues to motivate lower income people to vote against their economic self-interest. As you… More