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      Bowling for Columbine

      R Released Oct 11, 2002 2 hr. 0 min. Documentary List
      95% 173 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 100,000+ Ratings Audience Score Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn't have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 20 Buy Now

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      Though it may not always convince, Bowling for Columbine asks important questions and provokes thought.

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      Cole N This documentary is biased in the fact that it exclusively tells one side of the story of gun violence in America. But it tells this side with both concerning and eye-opening detail. Moore transparently and powerfully appeals to the emotions of the audience, for one. This transparency is most evident and admirable, though, as he confronts the former NRA president and the K-Mart corporate headquarters, pleading for answers. Moore aptly focuses on the fear factor as that which is the drive to own guns in America, while pointing out the hypocrisy and denial of those that refuse to see the problem. Moore also does well to highlight the class disparities and the wealthy aloofness that only exacerbates this issue. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/09/24 Full Review Thomas S Very puzzling, I wouldn't live in the USA especially after seeing this. The showdown with Heston was upright epic! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/19/24 Full Review Mauro L (Mauro Lanari) Moore could have avoided lingering on the problem by summarizing it with the acronym WASP. Some unexpected and unpredictable moments of utter absurdity are unparalleled ("What's bowling class?" "Just an elective you can take for a gym credit" "Where's the educational value of this, though?" "I guess there isn't really any"). Marilyn Manson, the phenomenon of that era, has given way to Taylor Swift's embodied algorithm. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/02/24 Full Review Outer Splatter G Deserving of being one of the greatest documentary films of all time. This documentary really discusses topics that are still relevant in the country right now. I think this would be great documentary to show at schools to help raise awareness of alienation. Overall great documentary, well done Michael Moore. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 02 hours of real violence and interviews/ people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What the f**k was George Walker Bush thinking?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! S**t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 02 hours ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joshua Rothkopf In These Times Readers of these pages need no introduction to Michael Moore, nor will they require any acrobatics on my part to go see Bowling for Columbine, which is (brace yourselves) pretty terrific. Mar 16, 2020 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal. Rated: 4/5 Dec 22, 2010 Full Review David Ansen Newsweek It's both powerful and infuriating, brilliant and facile, hilarious and horrific, witty and demagogic. It's a great movie to argue about. Nov 5, 2007 Full Review Savina Petkova A Good Movie To Watch No one vivisects the shortcomings of America better than Michael Moore. Rated: 8.6/10 Oct 29, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The film's continued relevance is impossible to ignore. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 14, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Bowling for Columbine isn't a subtle film; instead, it makes its case with Magnum force. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 10, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn't have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association.
      Director
      Michael Moore
      Executive Producer
      Wolfram Tichy
      Screenwriter
      Michael Moore
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Dog Eat Dog Films, United Broadcasting Inc., Salter Street Films International
      Rating
      R (Some Violent Images|Language)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 11, 2002, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 17, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $21.2M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Stereo
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