Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 20, 2012
    70
    An impressive array of archival news footage, enlightening interviews with activists, politicos, academics and journalists, plus a dispensable Alfred Molina-narrated animated parable, round out this provocative, if at times overly ambitious effort.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 10, 2012
    67
    The film makes a convincing argument that, in spite of some recent setbacks, movements for democratic change are alive and well, but it glosses over the problems that arise once the people have to implement the power they've seized.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    Clearly intent on inspiring viewers, the informational film makes a fine sum-up for those who've found the last decade's geopolitics too much to keep track of, but isn't promising in commercial terms.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 12, 2012
    80
    A vivid documentary with unusual access to the key players in the geopolitical dramas it recounts.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    A Whisper to a Roar traces a too-familiar step-by-step political pattern: the transformation of a liberator into a despot, his subsequent reign of tyranny and the popular uprising against it.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge them.

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