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      One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

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      82% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 76% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Read More Read Less

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      Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times ... largely succeeds. Rated: 3/5 Nov 23, 2005 Full Review Andrew O'Hehir It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one; if it does nothing else it should bring this decent and courageous prairie populist, whose very name has become a patently unfair term of abuse, before at least a few members of a new generation. Sep 16, 2005 Full Review Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News Parallels to the current day are plain to see, so Vittoria's insistence on juxtaposing images of contemporary politicians and an angry narration only undercut the power of his otherwise absorbing presentation. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 16, 2005 Full Review Steven Mikulan L.A. Weekly [A] surprisingly thorough film. Nov 17, 2005 Full Review Chris Hewitt St. Paul Pioneer Press An effort to secure former Sen. George McGovern's place in history, and it does a pretty good job. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 20, 2005 Full Review Eric Monder Film Journal International Just too hagiographic to engage anyone but the most nostalgic follower of the 1972 campaign. Oct 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      s r Informative, yet biased. I did enjoy mcgoverns perspectives, he was knowledgable and wise. However, Many of those involved were unqualified to voice their opinion, but were included because of their extremes. It is easy to criticize the election of Nixon. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Every American should watch this movie about a true American Hero: George McGovern. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Very strong docu-film Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh, how badly I wanted to enjoy this. But I can't shake the feeling that George McGovern deserved better than bitter polemics and tired hippie reminiscences. It's a tragedy that the bums lost, but maybe the bums aren't the ones to dissect the reasons for their loss. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Like any Liberal documentary you get a lot of the good vs. evil stuff and McGovern is painted in totally rosy colors, but I think the film had a point about the brilliance and failure of his 1972 bid for the presidency. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member as usual, its not a great formal documentary. and theres not nearly enough time spent with mcgovern face to face. but jesus christ what a history lesson and a sense of patriotism. mcgovern should be the fulcrum of contemporrry american political hisotory. i'm also pretty drunk. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
      One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

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      Stephen Vittoria