'God Bless America' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   109 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Bobcat Goldthwait's new movie is a burlesque that turns into a harangue that turns into a rampage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Mr. Goldthwait's screenplay is essentially a comedy act fleshed out with a story he doesn't try to make convincing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The satire feels hand-me-down and weak, and Goldthwait is firing blanks.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    It's about a terminally ill man who decides that if he is going to die, he is going to grab a gun and take a whole bunch of obnoxious people with him.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    When the monotonous squib-popping subsides, the movie is often static and talky, lapsing into criticism-hedging qualifications and anti-everything speechifying.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Given that the movie starts out in such interesting fashion, it's hugely disappointing to see it devolve so lazily into a generic vigilante fantasy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    ...isn't as smart as it would like to think it is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Here is a film that begins with merciless comic savagery and descends into merely merciless savagery. But wow, what an opening.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    80
    [It] turns in on its own morality like a Mobius strip, endorsing kindness by practicing slaughter, and pulls us along for the ride.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Goldthwait's ranting dialogue is stingingly funny and Murray and Barr are so agreeable you may find yourself rooting for "the bad guys."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Interesting, sometimes kind of fun but, ultimately, not as satisfying as it might have been.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    While it starts out well, Bobcat Goldthwait's black comedy struggles to maintain focus as it turns into a road trip of diminishing rewards in satirical and narrative terms.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The real problem is there's just not enough plot on which to hang the message that mean people suck.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    Sometimes you get the feeling Goldthwait is just making a list of the people he could do without, which is funny and makes you nod your head but doesn't add up to much.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    A lot of what God Bless America has to say is on-target and is presented in such a straightforward, unvarnished fashion that it's impossible to miss the honesty beneath the comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Semi-comic fantasia of violence against vapid pop culture can't do justice to its own ideas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    "God Bless America" has a whole lotta "Taxi Driver" in it, and some "Network," and some "Heathers" (with Barr functioning as Christian Slater in the equation), and even some "Kick-Ass."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    This funny, sick twist of social satire is certainly locked and loaded, even if its aim is sometimes off.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    100
    A brilliant, fearless, and merciless indictment of American culture, and how we've become the lowest common denominator
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck We Got This Covered
    70
    Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America works well as a black comedy and as a satirical look at pop culture and human behavior.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • CJ Johnson ABC Radio (Australia)
    50
    It's an intriguing satirical idea, and it works very effectively in places, while being tremendously didactic and heavy-handed in others.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    42
    Sicko one-trick pony film, whose black comedy is tiresome and mostly unfunny.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Schembri 3AW
    60
    Enjoyable, over-the-top, and nowhere near as black as the premise sounds, God Bless America is essentially an extended comic op-ed piece.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    92
    It's a wonderful movie, spoofing and shooting all the worst things about our failing civilization, from the Tea Party, to vicious talk show hosts ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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