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  • Summary: This documentary follows the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring 28-year veteran and former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt. It is told from inside the campaign of Jeff Smith, a 29-year old part-time political science instructor at Washington University. The film offers an unvarnished look at the inside of what national pundits called one of 2004's surprising campaigns. And the film asks if it is still possible in America for voters excited by a person's ideas and ability to get involved in the political process and elect a candidate who has not sold out, or bought into the existing political establishment. (At Risk Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    Borrowing more than its title from the Frank Capra social comedy, this underdog tale is a rough gem.
  2. 88
    A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.
  3. 80
    Deeply absorbing and moving with the caffeinated speed of Smith's own feisty campaign, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is at once a celebration of small-d democracy and an elegy to it, a portrait that will surely inspire and infuriate viewers.
  4. 70
    The long odds against Smith only make his unexpected surge against Carnahan more exciting, and Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.
  5. 70
    Like "Street Fight," Marshall Curry's account of the 2002 Newark, N.J., mayoral race, "Mr. Smith" captures ground-level political machinations in an utterly fascinating way. The question raised by the title makes for an interesting, if possibly disheartening, debate.
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Although the outcome is public record, picture is undeniably gripping as it reveals a distressing degree of voter complacency.
  7. The movie, like Smith, is breezy, fun and keeps comin' at ya. [22 Dec 2006, p.5]

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