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Review: Is Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' The Worst Political Documentary Of All-Time?

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by Gabe Toro
June 30, 2014 10:45 AM
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America: Imagine The World Without Her” is book-ended by scenes of co-director (and credited “creator”) Dinesh D'Souza. At the start, he is a triumphant filmmaker who made “2016: Obama's America," which he accurately credits as “the second highest grossing political documentary of all-time.” By the end, he's referring to the charges against him of completely transparent campaign finance law violation as a “mistake” on his part, but also calling himself a victim of Obama's America, a martyr for loving his country too much (and also breaking the law and being caught). In between is the weakest and most pathetic straw man argument ever put to film, set to be released on the Fourth of July for audiences who are sick of answering political arguments with, “Because!”

“Incredible as it may seem, there are people within America who want a world without America,” D'Souza narrates, creating one of many false binaries the film attempts to dissect. The thesis of the film is all over the place, as if D'Souza knew full well he had a shoddy case study on his hands, instead jumping around to observe America of the past, present and future. The Civil War re-enactments (which feature a war re-envisioned by D'Souza as “a war to end slavery”) stand alongside the notion of an alternate reality death of George Washington. Were the movie to follow that new history and all its intellectual implications, it could have been intriguing and even a bit daring: recall the mock-doc “CSA: Confederate States Of America," which humorously depicts a country that lost that war.

Instead, we have D'Souza seated in front of liberal firebrands, interviewing them and asking embarrassing questions like why President Obama's election didn't “end racism.” He gets to sit down with the likes of Noam Chomsky to create the illusion that he won't have the final, decisive word off screen, usually in a show of foundation-less braggadocio. D'Souza is an obnoxious personality on film: often wearing bleached mom jeans and multi-colored thrift shop polo shirts, he speaks condescendingly slow so that the cheap seats can hear him nice and clearly. His speech has the sort of halting, faux-intellectual cadence that makes you wish you were more of a bully in high school.

The film plays out like more of a bullet-point presentation than an actual film, taking each argument he thinks liberal minds are having and dissecting each, cherry-picking anomalies in order to confront some sort of liberal “truth” that doesn't exist. He argues that discussions of the history of slavery weaken our country and our resolve, and that the true story of slavery is omitted from the collective narrative. That “true history” involves the accusations that slavery had been a part of several other countries' evolutions (...yay?), that ONE major slave owner (William Ellison) was black, and that the first female millionaire in American history (Madam C.J. Walker) was in fact a former slave. So, we can't really talk about slavery's negative affects without discussing the potential character-building that was going on. D'Souza's flattery of the core audience is clearly more important than the fact he might be fueling some very dangerous fires.

He also addresses the issue of Mexican-American immigration by being coy. Perhaps there is a real lack of conviction in the way some of his interview subjects speak. Or maybe the young man who claims the Mexican cartels would crush his dreams back home is being fed lines from off-camera. There's considerable theatricality to D'Souza's stunts that recalls the director of the number one political documentary of all time. When D'Souza dials up the smarm to pointlessly ask a border patrol cop how many Mexican Americans critical of the American government cross back over to Mexico, it's straight out of the now-exhausted play-dumb Michael Moore playbook.

And then there's that doozy of an ending. D'Souza plants the seeds of his anti-education jeremiad early on by attempting to poke holes in Howard Zinn's “A People's History Of The United States.” But that's just a wind-up for an utterly baffling segment where the book's teachings are connected with community organizer and liberal educator Saul Alinsky. The metaphors and doubletalk end just about when D'Souza flat-out compares Alinsky to Lucifer, before bemoaning his influence first on Hillary Clinton and then on President Obama. For those of you keeping score at home, the White House is under the control of the DEVIL. Of course, D'Souza keeps refusing to probe deeper because he gets off on this sort of name-dropping and hyperbole. When he devotes an extended riff to Matt Damon simply for mentioning “A People's History Of The United States” in “Good Will Hunting” (a seventeen-year-old movie, by the way), his pitch lifts high enough almost into a voice-cracking squeal. That semi-provocative opening involving an America without George Washington suddenly feels miles away.

Of course, those aforementioned bullet points merely hammer home that this is artless propaganda, uninformed, sensationalistic and devoted to buzzphrases (“the shaming of America”), simplicity (“have the United States been a force for good or ill in the world?”) and grandstanding (“We won't let them shame us, we won't let them intimidate us”—who is them and who is us?). Insidiously, these are some of the ways D'Souza and co-director John Sullivan keep the film brisk and conventionally entertaining, not unlike a “Sharknado” sequel or a particularly embarrassing YouTube video. Filled with soaring guitars, pointless blacksmith montages and recreations with porn-level production values (check out the sponge-wig on Frederick Douglass), it's all fist-pumping anti-thought, consisting of baseless revisionist history and idle contrarianism. And maybe, deep down, D'Souza knows it: one of the lasting images of the film is his voiceover threatening, “Capitalists are under fire,” while he watches Michael Moore give a speech on the Jumbotron, eating a Times Square hot dog and standing in front of an Olive Garden. It would all be so funny if it weren't a total joke. [F]

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  • Roger | July 28, 2014 7:14 AMReply

    D'Souza has the nerve to criticize Obama?? D'Souza was on Megan Kelly and compared America to a child molester. D'Souza is bats.

  • willis | July 27, 2014 11:25 PMReply

    gabe, I just had to see for myself after reading your review. I found the documentary very interesting although I thought it could use more editing. Although I received lots of pleasure from it, the most pleasure I got was knowing that you sat through to whole show just to tear it down. You lost much of your punch when you complained about his clothes and voice. you were supposed to view the documentary with an honest viewpoint. Best that you stick to ape movies.

  • MoonBeamWatcher | July 27, 2014 10:41 PMReply

    Haven't had a chance to view this film . . . BUT with the obvious bias of the NewsCreators and their failyer to honor the Constitutional Protections. I am more then receptive to the favorable comments I have seen about this film. An explaination about why Mr. Obama has said nothing about the muslim beheadings of nonMuslims speaks to the core of the man. His silence in regards to support of the Iranian people when they revolted against the government and his willingness to jump into the Syrian mess after a gassing of one faction of muslim that hated America against the other faction that detests America is confusing! I see this as a until now clear picture of America and her over controlling government.

  • Eau clare | July 26, 2014 7:11 PMReply

    Dinesh D'Souza confirms all the worst ideas people have about Christians. That we're bigoted, hypocritical dim bulbs. It's dreadful. We are NOT all like this. As a matter of fact, we are mostly pretty good people struggling to do our best. Really. It's just the bad apples that make the papers.

  • I read up on him | July 27, 2014 8:28 AM

    He's presented himself in debates and his writings as a Christian. He's also homophobic, racist, and hypocritical. Everybody knows by now about the affair he had that got him fired, but he goes around criticizing other people's morals. He said 9/11 happened because America deserved it because we were morally lax, but look at him. He's a terrible confirmation of all that anti-Christians accuse Christians of being. It really breaks my heart. Why are all the worst hypocrites so loud? He's just like a modern Pharisee. I guess some things about people never change.

  • smilinatu | July 26, 2014 8:43 PM

    Not sure how you got that out of the movie? You must have only seen the very beginning when he was interviewing the opposition. Go ahead and watch it all of the way through. You will be pleasantly surprised. He doesn't mention religion at all that I can recall

  • Mans and beans | July 26, 2014 4:12 PMReply

    Something that is never going to appear in a Dinesh D'Souza movie:

    (Reuters) - Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles should pay damages totaling $1.41 billion for their role in a scheme that hid trades in companies they controlled using offshore trusts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.

    In a court filing late on Friday, the SEC said the amount was justified by the finding of a New York federal court jury that the Wylys had engaged in a fraud that over 13 years earned them $553 million in profits that were not disclosed to investors in the companies.

  • Ford | July 26, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    Dinesh thinks he and Obama are twins. Because Dinesh spent his first seventeen years overseas and doesn't understand America, he thinks Obama doesn't either.

  • jane | July 25, 2014 6:34 PMReply

    I guess when you can't really refute someone's arguments that well, you can always resort to picking on their clothing and the way they talk. That the author wishes he were a worse bully in a high school speaks volumes of his emotional and spiritual development.

  • UncleVanya | July 25, 2014 6:30 PMReply

    Indiewire should see a handsome uptick in revenues this month considering the hundreds of clicks from the clueless 'tards. I suggest a new IWire-critic should, each foreseeable week, write a separate review, waxing philosophical on the pug-nosed D'Sousa's bountiful cinematic turd Then, courtesy of the witless peanut gallery, you all can give yourselves a hate-fueled raise (which you richly deserve). Win win.

  • Michael | July 24, 2014 12:28 PMReply

    Greatest quote: "Some things remain true even if Dinesh D'Douza says them."

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 8:05 AMReply

    The most unAmerican thing about Dinesh is his use of Marxist agitprop techniques. They're the same sorts of thing used on Fox, but of course, he wasn't born in America either.

  • Moose | July 23, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    Maybe I'll take D'souza seriously if he ever manages to launch a coherent argument against people who haven't been dead for decades and more than 2% of the population have even heard of. What a lazy intellect. Instead he and his rich friends spend millions trying to pull the wool over the eyes of working people. Shameful.

  • Bob | July 23, 2014 6:38 PMReply

    I am really starting to hate liberals. I don't even want to try to rationalize with them. They are scum and hate this country. That's a fact. They cannot stand to hear an opposing view and they never provide data to back up anything they say. All they do is mock, and resort to ad homonym attacks. Also, they pretend as though all conservatives are rich tycoons. If they actually looked beyond their own lies, they would see that more liberals are wealthier than conservatives. Look at the US Senate. The wealthiest are dumbocrats. They pretend that they aren't and condemn the wealthy and successful. Look at that pig Michael Moore. He pretends he isn't rich. He hates America like the rest of these communist libtards.

  • Tony | July 27, 2014 2:49 PM

    You might want to check your spell check. You spelled liberals in correctly . I known a wonderful and highly intelligent man like yourself would not drop down to the lowest denominator and call something with a funny name just to get attention.
    Any whooooo , leave that crap to Rush Limbaugh and fine team of crack fact finders and truth seekers. (See, the comedy is in the description not misspelling a name).

    Take care Bob

  • JD | July 25, 2014 2:28 PM

    "Also, they pretend as though all conservatives are rich tycoons."

    No, we'll be the first to admit a whole lot of conservatives are redneck poor white trash.

  • Bob forcock | July 25, 2014 8:33 AM

    It's 'ad hominem' brainiac. 'Libtards' indeed. :)

  • Brothers in arms | July 23, 2014 12:55 PMReply

    I see the Koch brothers just spent 2.8 million to buy another candidate in North Carolina, a state in which they don't live. You aren't going to see Dinesh make a movie about that.

  • Sunshine | July 23, 2014 12:49 PMReply

    Dinesh showed both sides of politics. It was not to change minds but for people to understand some of the lies being promoted regarding America. This documentary should be shown in all schools from grammar, high school and college. I have always said America is beautiful. America is a place I love and for those who don't like it, they are free to leave. I have traveled all over and I can honestly say, America is where I want to be. Great job Dinesh.

  • Brothers in arms | July 23, 2014 1:03 PM

    Yes, Dinesh does promote lies about America. Like the lie that the Civil War was fought to end slavery, for instance. Like minimizing the fact that legalized injustice was a fact of life in America until the 1960's. The reason I love America is because we are brave and honest enough to face our shortcomings and correct them - with federal action like the Civil Rights and Voting Acts.

  • SamFreedom | July 23, 2014 7:46 AMReply

    AMERICA THE MOVIE WASN'T MADE TO CHANGE MINDS. YOU CHANGE THE IRRATIONAL TO RATIONAL. THE MOVIE WAS MADE TO SAVE MINDS FROM LIBERAL PROPAGANDA AND TO EMBOLDEN MINDS OF THOSE WHO KNEW SOMETHING WANT RIGHT WITH LIBERALS BUT COULDN'T SUFFICIENTLY DECONSTRUCT IT AND FIGURE IT OUT.

    THANK YOU, DINESH.

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 7:49 AM

    Thanks for admitting that the movie's only purpose is to try to grab up any right wing voters who would dare to start thinking independently by playing on their latent racism. Same techniques the right has been using to hold down both blacks and whites in the south for decades. Divide and conquer.

    Dinesh and the other people who employ this strategy think you are an ignorant tool.

  • Andy Wolf | July 23, 2014 1:24 AMReply

    I thought it was outstanding. Some points were a little dry or panderish, but overall it was amazing. I wish I could see it again. As someone who left for war and came back to a different society (or maybe, I changed).. It struck home.

  • Brian | July 27, 2014 5:28 PM

    Andy, you changed, like the man in the Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic. God bless you!

  • Yeah, andy | July 23, 2014 7:33 PM

    Yeah, Andy, give them out at Halloween while you're dressed as Satan.

  • TimJ | July 23, 2014 4:17 PM

    So go see it again. And again. d'Souza can use the money. Then buy dvds for everyone you know, give them out at Halloween.

  • mi | July 22, 2014 9:54 PMReply

    The progressive left have wanted to make this country a socialist government run disaster and that is totally un American. Go shame yourselves you socialistic leaning anti Americans. You are not American and you either love America or leave it.

  • B. Lowme | July 25, 2014 8:37 AM

    What you're sayin' is dead wrong. And I am American. And I ain't leavin'. And you ain't gonna do nothin' about it, unless you wanna be shown the door yourself. Adios.

  • Miskers | July 22, 2014 11:37 AMReply

    I see the Koch brother's 'but boy' Dinesh has made another movie bashing American progress. Hey, if Dinesh says slavery is no big deal, let's take him at his word and start it up again. Let's use Indian immigrants this time. First we need to restrict their right to organize into unions (check). Then we need to restrict their right to vote, or we could buy up their politicians, same difference (check).

  • JD | July 25, 2014 2:31 PM

    "There were just as many white slaves as black slaves"---

    WHAT?!?!?

  • So sunshine | July 23, 2014 7:14 PM

    Ah, according to sunshine there were just as many white slaves as black slaves. Sure. Obviously you have been taught history by Dinesh D'Souza. I'm sure in this bizarre la-la land the KKK never existed either. And black people were never segregated, or denied voting rights or terrorized by the white mob violence of lynching, or falsely accused of crimes so they could be sold to white businessmen and landowners by corrupt sheriffs even until World War II. I believe this is the same alternate universe in which ferrets are rocket scientists and D'Souza is a faithful husband.

  • Sunshine | July 23, 2014 12:54 PM

    MISKERS get over it. There were just as many white slaves as black slaves and that's the way it was then but not today. Plus if you studied anything when you were growing up you would know there were many blacks who had plantations with more black slaves than whites. Also there were black governors who were never slaves. If it wasn't for America many countries would still be in poverty as it is us who have given more money than anyone to help these countries. I am sick and tired of those people who say otherwise.

  • Amber | July 22, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    Saul Alinsky in his classic "Rules for Radicals" says to defeat your enemy... Demonize your enemy . Mock them. Ridicule is the most potent weapon out there. Ridicule their clothes. Their "dark skin" if Indian. What is done to Dinesh in this article.

    The Movie was powerful. Well done. Did not disrespect the President. Very little of him in the movie.

    ut historical misconceptions were shown. Like White indentured servants, captured and brought here by force, who OUT NUMBERED Black Slaves, and who worked side by side with them. In the colonies, a Black Slave could not work on roofs. There was a law. A white indentured servant had to do it, because if he fell and died, the Plantation Owner or Business Owner was not out much money. The LEFT does not want that story told. For Proof......The transportation Acts of 1714 were passed to tell the colonies to shut up. That the King would continue sending penal ships to the USA for as long as he wanted. It was a major cause of the REvoution.
    The first Penal ship to Australia did not sale until after the Revolutionary War was won.
    Dinesh sets some of our history right.
    The left....knowing that only lies can support their theories of White Supremacy, and Voter Suppression and how we need an Open Border and we are an Evil people..and such.....hate him and of course don't like his movie.

    Saul Alinsky, who dedicated "Rules for Radicals" to the Devil. i.e. Lucifer "the first rebel'm is a big part of the Movie. he used to come to college campuses in the early sixties so some of us remember him. he was a genius. an Evil genius but he was the master of organizing. Dick Army passed out copies of his book to the Tea party..and got run off from Freedom Works for doing it. Dick Armey played to win.
    The Movie has no sex, no naked people, no profanity, no murders, what violence is historical, and.....it is fascinating. Very well done. And a big hit too, I thinl

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 7:56 AM

    Who the heck is this Alinsky guy anyway? I went to college for six years and I've never even heard of him. I guess his ideas must be pretty powerful.

  • Purcell | July 21, 2014 9:34 PMReply

    Dinesh says his dad didn't like white people. He must be having a huge laugh skimming the fat off these dumb rednecks.

  • Marlboro | July 24, 2014 12:31 PM

    Sunshine, which part isn't true?

  • Sunshine | July 23, 2014 12:54 PM

    Not true.

  • Minn in minn | July 21, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    You mean D'Souza's out of jail already?

  • Winifred | July 22, 2014 8:18 AM

    He hasn't been sentenced. But he doesn't have to worry. The Koch brothers or some other right wing billionaire will buy off the judge and he'll get off scott free like the other rich crooks.

  • Don | July 21, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    Best movie ever!!!

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 8:14 AM

    My dear little sunshine, none of those people have the money to buy up thousands of politicians across the country. But the owners of right wing media have and DO. And CNN is owned by the foreigner Rupert Murdoch (and his partner, the Arab sheik), just like Fox, and is equally useless. They plant internet news stories on sites made to sound as if they're legit, too.

  • Sunshine | July 23, 2014 12:56 PM

    WINIFRED. I believe you are talking about Democrats. Crooks, Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, Ayers, Soros, Schumer et al. Stop watching CNN, NBC or MSNBC.

  • CK | July 21, 2014 8:39 PM

    Great movie,it cannot make Liberals happy to hear the truth because they live in a world entirely made of lies.

  • JJ | July 21, 2014 1:37 PMReply

    Alinsky did do boos dedication to Lucifer in
    Rules for Radicals

  • Movie Is Utter Propaganda Trash | July 21, 2014 12:04 PMReply

    This movie is utter trash and no amount of TOTALLY OBVIOUS non-partisan jingo tea party members in the comments section are gonna change that, fyi. Keep preaching to your little choir.

  • gloria | July 25, 2014 1:13 AM

    Yep. It was pathetic on all levels.

  • Winifred | July 22, 2014 8:23 AM

    RIP, you apparently fail to understand that the real goal of D'Souza and his billionaire right wing allies is to crush the middle class and gain complete political control, something that the Supreme Court just made a lot easier, since they can now buy any elected official, anywhere in the country. My job as a patriotic American is to try to stop them.

  • Rip | July 21, 2014 10:32 PM

    Wow you drank the kool-ade didn't you you must just shovel in the lies and bullshit that the left tell you. Instead of blasting someone's hard work putting together a movie that actually tells the truth unlike liars like that anti-American pig micheal moore. Why don't you spend even 10 minutes and do some real research on these matters yourself not just keep puking out the lies that cnn and msnbc and everyone in the obama whitehouse tells you I am personally begging you to learn the truth teach it to your friends and family otherwise We as a country will all be living in a hell made by the ignorant and the sheep

  • Carmel Dietrick | July 21, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    This is one of the best movies I have seen in many years. Some people are not afraid to praise America and those that built it. Of course, it was not playing within 15 miles of my home, RI is extremely liberal and so it dictates the videos and movies in the state. We traveled to MA to see it. It was well worth it. I would give it a 10.

  • JD | July 25, 2014 2:40 PM

    1. Rhode Island is now more liberal then Massachusetts? Seriously?

    2. You know how the Brown family made their money, right? You know what paid for the founding of Brown University? And why Providence was one of the colonies' busiest seaports? Yes, it was the SLAVE TRADE. And none of them were white.

    3. I'm not surprised to hear this movie was playing in Massachusetts. Because Massachusetts is extremely liberal, proudly democratic, and tolerant of all views, opinions, and beliefs. We'll happily let this movie play at every multiplex in the state. We're just not stupid enough, ignorant enough, or hateful enough to pay any attention to it and what it preaches.

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 7:58 AM

    To praise those that built it? You mean the slaves? Lol.

  • No giants | July 21, 2014 7:35 AMReply

    Dinesh is a Taliban-loving hero ... And science is a liberal conspiracy .... And Sarah Palin would be a wonderful President... I miss William F Buckley. He was a terrible snob, but you knew at least he had a brain.

  • Eau clare | July 26, 2014 7:20 PM

    Ah, you knew it had to happen, and here it is, the "n" word. Adam is obviously the pen name of Mr, D'Souza. Mr. D'Souza, it is spelled "too" stupid, there should be a period after "fields", "w" should be capitalized, there is no "s" after "white", etc.

    A shame "they" were so stupid.

  • Adam Delgadillo | July 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    Wrong slaves were to stupid they kept them in the fields whites American s built this country. Not uneducated n_____s

  • jim | July 20, 2014 9:58 PMReply

    Gabe Toro , if that is your real name , your full of it .

  • tina | July 20, 2014 9:17 PMReply

    OMG! I thought it was awesome!! I think everyone should take a friend to see this and then challenge them to do the same. This country was so in need of this great history lesson and so well put together . We are so Blessed to be American, we truly are exceptional.

  • Rick | July 20, 2014 5:40 PMReply

    From Conservative John Tamny in Forbes:

    "...viewers should be offended simply because what is promoted as a serious documentary about the problems in this country is so silly, not to mention plainly dishonest. America is presumably doing well in the red states, but to watch it one can only conclude that D’Souza is full of contempt for those to whom he hopes to sell tickets. How else could one explain a documentary that is so often condescending, and for its major omissions, explicit in its belief that its watchers are too dim and partisan to handle the actual truth?"

  • Bill moore | July 20, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    D'Souza is the most destructive immigrant after the Boston Bombers.

  • Reg of the hill | July 24, 2014 8:00 AM

    The quote from Rick above would seem to do a pretty good job explaining it.

  • jim | July 20, 2014 9:59 PM

    PROVE IT .

  • Jaykuppur | July 20, 2014 6:40 AMReply

    This review critic is dishonest and full of intellectual deceit . The review is a perfect example how a dishonest and warped mind works. Mentality of a typical liberal and leftist is in full flow.

  • jjpeaden | July 19, 2014 9:41 PMReply

    R Moore your s idiot Dinesh is a botter man than you on his worst day. Snd tells the truth always to be a liar you have to lie, so you hsve just labeled yourself. Michael Moore is the waste of flesh and air not Dinesh. Dinesh gives hard facts not made up faultshoods lije Moore does. Get a clue

  • R moore | July 26, 2014 6:18 PM

    Ways in which I am a better man than Dinesh D'Souza:
    1. I am not a bigamist.
    2. I have never committed a felony.
    3. I do not sell out my life to peddle the propaganda of billionaires to make a buck.
    4. I don't write books full of lies and distortions.
    5. I don't make excuses for racism.
    6. I am not a hate-monger
    I'm sure there are many more, but that's just off the top of my head.

  • R moore | July 19, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    What the heck does Dinesh know about "essential goodness"? He's a liar, a criminal, and a cheat!

  • No giants | July 21, 2014 7:27 AM

    It is a known fact that he is a liar (he misquotes Lincoln), that he's a criminal, (he pleaded guilty to trying to buy a Senate election), and he was forced to resign from his job because he humiliated his Christian school running around openly with his mistress. All FACTS.

  • jollygreen | July 21, 2014 6:46 AM

    It is amazing how you throw out words without any proof to back it up. You attack him personally while he talks about actions and policy. You have nothing to stand on.

  • Joseph Cali | July 19, 2014 11:49 AMReply

    I really enjoyed the movie, because of the message not the cinematography. I enjoyed it so much I am going to order the book on my kindle. I am not an America hating leftist, or someone who thinks that politicians in Washington know what is best for me.

  • Anthony | July 19, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    This critic is a joke. America was a fantastic movie and only reenforces my love of the American founding, and disgust with the liberal left.

  • Tracey M | July 20, 2014 7:13 PM

    My husband and I just saw this documentary and loved it. The best thing you can do is tell your friends about it so it grows in popularity.

  • Pollard, Ed | July 19, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    "The process of becoming American has to do with rupture and renewal — rupture from the Old World, renewal of the self in a new world. That self-creative capacity is what it means to be American in many ways, and I think that part of that rupture is the capacity to make fun of yourself and the capacity to criticize yourself."

    Ayad Akhtar, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama

    Unlike Dinesh D'Souza's view, honorable people enjoy having a sense of humor about themselves. They engage in self-criticism because they're not afraid of their history. It's one of the best things about America.

  • Val | July 18, 2014 11:54 PMReply

    D'Souza still had a little credibility before he was a convicted felon. Now he's pretty much a joke.

  • Lauren Hild | July 18, 2014 11:06 PMReply

    This is the worst review of movie reviews! "America" is a great documentary because it challenges liberal views, something desperately needed in this time. This is why I don't take critics seriously.

  • Smokey | July 18, 2014 11:01 PMReply

    Dinesh D'Souza is a commanding general of the tin hat crowd.

  • Betsy Ross | July 18, 2014 7:50 PMReply

    . You misrepresent his movie - one example - he doesn't talk about just 1 black slave owner but many - for example. You are void of facts in your analysis and do not know history so instead you mock him by minimizing the points he makes and calling him names and making fun of his clothes. You follow the typical rules of Saul Alinsky. Go read the book and some history.

  • gloria | July 25, 2014 1:21 AM

    Spot on.

  • Maxx | July 18, 2014 4:46 PMReply

    D'Souza is an undesirable alien attempting to undermine American resolve to defeat terrorists. He needs to be expelled.

  • jollygreen | July 21, 2014 6:49 AM

    Do you have any idea of what you mean? You are talking from no experience.

  • Curt | July 18, 2014 11:40 AMReply

    Gabe Toro seems like a well indoctrinated progressive. They are so cute when they think they have something relevant to say. Obama will probably call him to say what a good job he did on his essay.

  • William E Driscoll | July 18, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    This movie is at 9% on rotten tomatoes.

  • BeezFolliez | July 18, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    Saul Alinsky a liberal educator? One thing is for sure. If any of you have read Rules for Radicals you know there is no double talk in it....it straight out proclaims for the destruction of the Republic and the values upon which it was founded.

  • Rip | July 21, 2014 10:50 PM

    Alinsky and idiots who follow anything he wrote or said should all be expelled from the United States people like hillary clinton who wrote her college thesis on alinsky people like obama who while hanging out with radical islam friends and former black panther member in college spouted his bullshit educate yourselves before speaking it really just all of you leftist liberal anti-American socialist look like the fools you are. If you spent half the time and energy on actually learning the truth yourself as you do sucking at the ass of obama andgood lord the time and energy you spend defending these criminals should just go to show you what the truth is????? LEARN SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF PLEASE BEFORE ITS TO LATE FOR ALL OF US.

  • Bridg | July 18, 2014 10:33 AMReply

    People should stop criticizing Dinesh Disouza for using the movie to compare himself to Lincoln. After all Lincoln was a great US President who was killed by conservative slavery supporters and Disouza is a disgraced former head of a small college who who defends slavery and pleaded guilty to trying to buy a U.S. Senate race.

    They are IDENTICAL.

  • greatnesslostislegend | July 19, 2014 11:35 PM

    De'Souza did not defend slavery. He correctly pointed out slavery was a common practice that continues up to this day. He pointed out African American freemen in the Confederate States held thousands of slaves. He pointed out 300,000 white Union Americans fought and died to end slavery in the US. He also pointed out how the left has twisted Lincoln's statements about slavery, how people like Saul Alinsky taught the President, or Hillary Clinton how to divide people, how to skillfully deceive to achieve the aim of a socialist state. That radical leftists has infiltrated all government agencies and now are using its power to achieve this goal.

    Really? Trying to buy a Senate race with $35 thousand? A race with tens of millions spent. Are you that dumb. De'Souza gave a few thousand over the limit, that FYI Michelle Obama gave far more for Elizabeth Warren through a Super Pac. De'Souza was also not the only "guilty" one of this "crime" given that just about every Democrat and GOP Senator received "gifts" that exceeded the amount De'Souza submitted.

    Main thrust of America is not that this nation is perfect, but it has done more to improve the world than any other country. That America is an idea where constitutional capitalist economics has done more to lift people out of despair, hunger, and oppression than any other ideology in human history, and China, India, Indochina, South Korea, and Brazil are taking it forward while Americans turn their back on it due to being lied to from the time they get into grade school. That people like Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Elizabeth Warren will lie and cheat to end the system that allowed America to develop.

    Bridg: You are beyond help if your thinking is this shallow.

  • Hogcam | July 18, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    Gabe ! You must have been is Bill Ayers class. Or if your Hilary C age???
    The you were in Solomon L class. Never the less your idea of degrading America the movie was baseless ! Then what can you say now that it got a rating of A+ and planet the apes ( what you rated it as a good movie... ) got an A- . Go figure you sir are a liberal mindless drone !

  • Bridg | July 18, 2014 10:37 AM

    Because the only people who went to see it were Rush fans. He begged people to see it. Patriotic Americans who actually know their own history stayed away. What true American wants to be lectured at and lied to by a Taliban supporter?

  • Captg | July 18, 2014 3:05 AMReply

    Gabe you cry like an 8 year old. The truth is most Americans love America and you have a right to your opinion but everyone else has a right to theirs. It just so happens your sucks and the truth hurts. I have friends that are liberal and they even like most of it. Obvious if it is not a documentary made by Mike More full of lies you will not believe it. It must suck to be you. Sad. I feel sorry for you for being so lost. I wish you no I'll just that so e day your eyes will be opened.

  • Chad | July 17, 2014 11:51 PMReply

    This review is a sham! The movie is brilliant! The movie is a must see for anyone who call themselves an American. Best film out there! Wonderful. Excellent show.

  • Doug Dubick | July 17, 2014 8:29 PMReply

    Nice try, Gabe, but I just saw the movie and it was brilliant. You communists and socialist will pay dearly for your attacks on America. We will bury you.

  • Claude R | July 18, 2014 8:31 AM

    Your Marxist inclinations are showing. "We will bury you" is a famous comment from Nikita Kruschev. I think D'Souza is a Marxist at heart. India has been very influenced by Russian communism, and he obviously admires Marxist agitprop techniques, since he employs them in his writing.

  • Manny | July 17, 2014 8:08 PMReply

    Dinesh D'Souza said, "Muslims do not hate America because of its freedom and democracy, but because they perceive America to be imposing its moral depravity (support for sexual licentiousness) on the world."

    A+B = C

    The Muslims hate America because of it's sexual licentiousness, Dinesh D'Souza is morally licentious (got fired for taking his mistress to a Christian Conference), therefore Dinesh D'Souza is responsible for 9/11.

    If you believe his logic, it is irrefutable.

  • Claude | July 18, 2014 8:33 AM

    Good point! Way, to go D'Souza!

  • JohnG4000 | July 17, 2014 7:58 PMReply

    If you hate America, you will hate the movie as well. The movie will not change many minds. You either live in the world where America is a force for good or you don't. Unfortunately the die has been cast on this. I loved the movie, but acknowledge that if you didn't walk into the theater with a love of country, you weren't going to walk out with one. This isn't the fault of the movie, but the extent that people have been brainwashed and indoctrinated into a false version of history by people whose sole purpose is to destroy liberty and everyone who believes in it's power for good. Or maybe I'm just being pessimistic.

  • Manny | July 17, 2014 8:12 PM

    Anyone with a passing familiarity with American history will agree that it has sometimes been a force for good, and sometimes been a force for evil. We beat Hitler, we rebuilt Europe into a place free from the constant warfare that had plagued it for centuries. But in the absence of a threatening exterior enemy our political system seems to be falling apart, with Congress totally abandoning even a presence of acting in the people's best interest. This is the most useless Congress in our history.

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