Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look85.71%
Just Average: 0%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 14.29%

1 review, 1 rating

Latest Reviews

Road Not Taken, The by Jay Seaver

Great Battle, The by Jay Seaver

True Fiction by Jay Seaver

Pick of the Litter by Jay Seaver

Fahrenheit 11/9 by Peter Sobczynski

House With A Clock In Its Walls, The by Peter Sobczynski

Life Itself (2018) by Peter Sobczynski

Unity of Heroes by Jay Seaver

Hanagatami by Jay Seaver

Predator, The by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed

Manufacturing Dissent
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Laura Kyle

"A documentary Michael Moore *doesn't* want to star in."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2007 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL: The equally loved and hated (depending on who you ask) Michael Moore enjoys getting in front of the camera as he exposes political and corporate corruption – first in “Roger & Me,” then in “Bowling for Columbine,” and finally in 2007's most talked about film “Fahrenheit 9/11.” But in “Manufacturing Dissent,” a documentary about the documenatrian, he's not so accessible.

Directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine were sincere fans of Moore, so much so that they wanted to explore his life and message (and ultimately his controversial filmmaking methods) via a documentary of their own. What they discovered was a man who was hard to find and had little to nothing to say, at least when Melnyk and Caine tried to track him down and ask him questions.

But they don't really need an interview with Moore to get the story – bodyguards aside, Moore's friends, critics, coworkers, and even residents from his hometown, give it to us. As a result, Manufacturing Dissent might be one of the most honest films ever to feature Michael Moore in it.

So what dirt did Melnyck and Caine dig up? Manufacturing Dissent is not a series of potshots at Moore; instead it's a thorough investigation into his life and career and it's so fair in fact that you might start to fidget in your seat a bit. You'll likely leave the theater not hating or loving Moore. You'll see the funny, entertaining man of the people, saying what everyone else is afraid to say, and the politically-overcharged, insecure man who ingeniously manipulates facts and people to get his point across and might be more eager for the spotlight than a social change.

Manufacturing Dissent insightfully examines not just Moore, but his political context. Questions are asked about whether or not films like Fahrenheit 9/11 create new fans of the Left or just create more drama, or whether the means really do justify the ends – and they are asked without pretending like the answers will be easy to find.

However, where Manufacturing Dissent disappoints is that its directors are perhaps a little too aware that they are vulnerable to accusations of being anti-Moore, and so they intentionally avoid making conclusions – but conclusions and daring analysis of Moore and the documentary form that probably would have made the film more intriguing and helpful.

"Manufacturing Dissent" should come along with every Micheal Moore documentary, as it's really a disclaimer: "watch Moore's films at your own risk.” This is a movie that both the hardcore fans and the sworn enemies of the documentarian should soak in.

link directly to this review at http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=15764&reviewer=369
originally posted: 03/11/07 16:31:44
[printer] printer-friendly format  
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival For more in the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

6/11/09 tung ton is it ironic that dockumentarians who question moore's tactics engage in them in order to p 1 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  DVD: 06-Nov-2007



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast