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  • Summary: CSA: The Confederate States of America, through the eyes of a faux documentary, takes a look at an America where the South won the Civil War. Supposedly produced by a British broadcasting company, the feature film is presented as a production being shown, controversially, for the first time on television in the States. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A brilliant and irresistible counterfactual overview of American history.
  2. 91
    For the most part, Willmott succeeds thrillingly.
  3. C.S.A. has a love-it-or-hate-it bite that probably will lead to a few passionate post-screening discussions.
  4. Wacky, hodgepodge and decidedly homemade, CSA nevertheless is worth seeing. Sure, it veers off into nonsense, and there are times when the film loses its center. But the premise, the passion and the scathing political commentary ultimately keep CSA afloat.
  5. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    This is a clever premise stretched perhaps a little too far.
  6. 50
    In a novel twist, the movie's dumbest element--joke commercials for racist consumer products--turns out to be the most provocative when end titles reveal the products were all real.
  7. CSA is a sophomoric film essay that would have barely rated a passing grade from a tougher teacher.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Mar 24, 2012
    C.S.A. is an excellent satirical-historical product, cleverly using the Ken Burns' style of documentary making. I am pleased to have found it, and plan to share it with my friends. I fail to understand some other viewers' negative reaction to the film. I offer a compound question to them: Do you not understand satire or are you simply an ignorant, defensive racist? America has more than its share of ignoramuses and bigots. Such creatures will not find C.S.A. appealing. Expand
  2. JoJoS.
    Feb 26, 2006
    This is the first time I've watched a film and felt like I was actually in the movie. The film will move you in your seat. It brings out the reality of our past in a humorous way that keeps you wanting to know more. The detail depicted in this film is impeccabe. Don't miss out on this oppurtunity to open yourself up to the past, to make our present grander! Expand
  3. MarkM.
    Feb 27, 2006
    Absorbing and provocative film with a thoughtful, cutting sense of humor. With the exception of JFK, I'd say the director does a great job constructing a plausible parallel history that incorporates actual historical figures. Should we just be happy the South lost? Or did the USA post-1865 take on more aspects of the CSA than most of us care to admit? Expand
  4. TracyB.
    Feb 26, 2006
    Interesting and i would recommend seeing- but the budet, including the use of several actors in mutliple roles, made it feel more like a film school graduating thesis. Expand
  5. JimG.
    Jul 21, 2006
    Feels like an exploitation of exploitation in the guise of provoking thought. Plays for laughs what a documentary would reveal as unlaughable.
  6. FredrickP.
    May 20, 2006
    Worst movie I've ever watched. Based on speculation, fantasy and ignorance! With the same old promotion of the black - white racist issue that we are all tired of because it holds no truth! It seems that there actually are people who do not know the truth and blindly try to demonize the Heritage of a people greater than themselves. What a waste of my time and money. Expand
  7. LeeA.
    Apr 5, 2008
    Reverse Racism Crap !! if the color of a man is to blame for slavery or racism then this Racist is truly a Real Racist people Need to find a better way of Educating them selfs !! This Film was racially motivated in a bad way he blames Not Only the slave owners but all white people based on skin color kevin willmott Proves all Races including Africans can judge other races by the color of there skin. Expand

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