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Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 19, 2014
    75
    If you have a shred of idealism left, it’s hard to watch Citizen Koch without a mounting sense of despair and outrage over the influence that money has come to wield over modern elections.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jun 5, 2014
    75
    What ultimately helps Citizen Koch rise above the dozens of other movies like it is a focus not just on recent developments in American politics, but also on the bedrock of what has made this country such an enduringly great, astoundingly troubled experiment: one person, one vote.
  3. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jun 3, 2014
    75
    Like their earlier Trouble the Water, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin portray men and women yearning for a simple place in society as they become casualties to the self-involvement of larger forces.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 19, 2014
    63
    In other words, Citizen Koch is preaching to the choir. Which might not be a pointless exercise, seeing how the choir failed to show up for the last midterm election in 2010, and might need extra motivation not to repeat that mistake this November.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 19, 2014
    63
    For real balance, the debate needs fiercely leftist truth-tellers in tri-corner hats, calling themselves the Organic Chai Tea Party.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    Citizen Koch is kind of a mess. But it’s a mess well worth discovering for yourself.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Jul 18, 2014
    58
    Citizen Koch doesn't have a narrator, and that's fine, but it tosses out a lot of information and doesn't pull it into a compelling movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jul 2, 2014
    55
    While the provocative title promises a film that will reveal new information about the infamous Koch brothers, there's little on display here that regular viewers of “The Rachel Maddow Show” won't have already heard.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 26, 2014
    50
    Citizen Koch is pure advocacy doc: brisk and clear-eyed, to be sure, but not likely to surprise headline-savvy moviegoers or angered progressives.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    Citizen Koch is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile.
  11. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Jun 5, 2014
    50
    While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jun 5, 2014
    50
    For those who didn't know how flawed and manipulated the act of casting a ballot has become, Citizen Koch is a decent enough primer, but for everyone else long past the tipping point, this is just more evidence for a problem that currently has no solution.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2014
    50
    Some material in the docu feels repetitive or unnecessary. But the main problem is that “Citizen Koch” simply juggles too many themes and narratives to cohere. The result is largely compelling in the moment, but unsatisfying as a whole.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 27, 2014
    40
    Regardless of how well-argued it is, when watching a film feels this much like homework, that's not likely to happen.
  15. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 5, 2014
    40
    It’s a hodgepodge that Michael Moore (whose movies Ms. Lessin and Mr. Deal have produced) and his editors might snappily dice together, but here the construction falls short.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 3, 2014
    30
    Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's scattershot agitprop doc takes the perfidy of the billionaire Koch brothers as its given, offering up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation.

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