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  • Summary: Citizen Koch investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when their families become collateral damage in the GOP fight to take organized labor out at the knees.
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  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Jun 5, 2014
    50
    While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.
  7. 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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  1. Dec 23, 2014
    10
    One of the most important docs that you almost never saw, this film takes a hard look at how elections and issues can be bought and paid forOne of the most important docs that you almost never saw, this film takes a hard look at how elections and issues can be bought and paid for with money in the U.S. Expand

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