Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of "2016" as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 27, 2012
    60
    He (D'Souza) reaffirms many of the complaints against Obama, and when he sticks to the facts is much more persuasive.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Aug 20, 2012
    60
    Although the film is unlikely to sway the undecided, it actually starts out as a fairly measured and informative recap of Obama's personal history.
  4. Reviewed by: Christopher Campbell
    Sep 1, 2012
    55
    With the out-of-nowhere success of 2016: Obama's America, the nation could finally have a conservative counterpart to Michael Moore. I say the nation rather than the Republicans, because a balanced box office is good for us all, at least as a reminder of our right to oppose the current government and make a profit in doing so.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 27, 2012
    50
    Obama, it is implied, is deliberately making America more vulnerable to attack from Muslim extremists. No mention is made of the fact that it was under Obama's watch that Osama bin Laden was killed.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Aug 27, 2012
    50
    "He came into the White House," D'Souza says in the movie, "on the basis of promise, of hope." The Left hoped he would realize their dreams; he hasn't, and most liberals will vote again for him less for what he's achieved than for what he's running against. But since Obama has done so little for, or to, the country, why is he alienized by D'Souza and demonized by the loopier critics to his right? Because it works.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 20, 2012
    50
    Mr. D'Souza stumbles when interviewing George Obama, the president's half-brother, an activist who voluntarily lives amid squalor in Nairobi, Kenya. "Obama has not done anything to help you," Mr. D'Souza says. "He's taking care of me; I'm part of the world," George Obama replies.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 27, 2012
    38
    D'Souza makes it all sound almost plausible, but only if you're predisposed to believe that Obama hates America. It's bashing, all right, but with a velvet-gloved fist.
  9. Reviewed by: Phil Contrino
    Aug 24, 2012
    30
    Even if 2016 is preaching to the choir, its fanbase is eager to tithe - it's spent this week as Fandango's #1 ticket seller.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Aug 27, 2012
    25
    Well, fair's fair. George W. Bush got Michael Moore and "Fahrenheit 9/11." Now Barack Obama gets Dinesh D'Souza and 2016: Obama's America. Both films are wildly partisan attack documentaries made by wildly partisan and generally annoying polemicists (D'Souza is more personable, actually, than Moore).
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 31, 2012
    20
    One could and perhaps should use scare quotes around "intellectual" when it comes to someone who would crank out a piece of campaign-season partisan hackwork this crude and sloppy. (By this standard, James Carville looks like Immanuel Kant.)
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 10 out of 37
  1. Aug 22, 2012
    10
    This movie are for open-minded independent people who are willing to take their time to analyze the information presented or gathered; and then have an objective conclusion; abstaining to entertain their emotional tantrum. The movie shows the objectivity in finding the internal (hidden to the public) compass of the character of obama from his childhood into his adult life. The journey takes you to different parts of the world; the people who had influence his life and his character (especially his parent and immediate family member's ideology); interviews with people who knows his parents and how their mindset have imbedded into obama's being and thinking. It investigates and expound the sort of people that obama associated with (his role model). The best part about this movie is that excerpts was taken from his memoir "dream from my father" with his own voice narrating the events. The question here is that will his ideology acceptable for AMERICA or the founding fathers. If a person will open their eyes and be objective and not subjective; then a lot can be learn from this movie. A MUST-SEE movie for all AMERICAN.

    NOTE: If you have not seen the movie; STOP making a FOOL of yourself by commenting on something you have not viewed but trying to make an assumption. IGNORANCE occur because he or she remains STUPID, NARROW MINDED and full of ASSUMPTION but KNOWLEDGE is attained by investigating the facts then supporting or discrediting the information obtained.
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  2. Aug 22, 2012
    9
    Eye opening movie, if you care about our future and are interested in making an informed decision, -- a must see, -- critic's like the new york times could slam the movie --- but consider the source. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    10
    2016 is a well crafted documentary the clearly explains why Obama has done many of the obvious non-American things he has done over the last 3 1/2 years. He won't let us drill for oil in the waters of the continental shelf, but he openly gives money to Brazil, Mexico and Colombia so they can develop their off-shore oil resources. He has all but shut down the coal industry in America, even as he knows it will cost our citizens more money to heat and cool their homes. His EPA is working on rules to strangle the fracking industry even though there have been no major problems with the individual states regulating the activity within their own borders. DeSousa gives a clear picture of the man Obama calls Frank in his book, 'Dreams From My Father'. Frank was not just some old drunken Black man. No, he was a real card-carrying Commie. ....and, Obama's mentor for 7 years until Barry went off to the super-lefty Occidental University. Great molvie. Full Review »