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  • Summary: Ben Stein travels the world on his quest and learns an awe-inspiring truth that bewilders him, then angers him, and then spurs him to action! His heroic and at times shocking journey confronting the world's top scientists, educators, and philosophers underscores the persecution of the many by an elite few regarding the rejection of Darwinism. Ben realizes that he has been "expelled," and that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure, and even fired--for the "crime" of merely believing that there might be evidence of "design" in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance. (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 11 out of 13
  1. 50
    It puts a conservative twist on Michael Moore-ism, with campy stock footage, deadpan humor, mocking musical cues and less-than-ingenuous questions.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    While roving interviewer Ben Stein extracts some choice soundbites from scientists on both sides of the creation-vs.-evolution debate, the film's flippant approach undermines the seriousness of its discourse, trading less in facts than in emotional appeals.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's hard to pinpoint what's most insulting about this obvious propaganda piece.
  4. A straightforward account of the debate between evolutionists and ID proponents might have been both entertaining and enlightening; instead this follows the avuncular Ben Stein (who cowrote the movie) as he jet-sets around the globe trying to prove that a cabal of Darwinians has conspired to destroy academic freedom.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    As a work of nonfiction filmmaking it is a sham and as agitprop it is too flimsy to strike any serious blows.
  6. Expelled is an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Hyden
    Surely there's a more nuanced argument to be made in favor of ID than pinning the old "bad as Hitler" canard on pro-evolution scientists?

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  2. Negative: 78 out of 126
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    People don't like admitting they are wrong that's why the ratings are so low. It IS a great documentary
  2. MattD.
    Apr 21, 2008
    Extremely thoughtful and very well done.
  3. SeanM
    Apr 25, 2008
    This movie was flippant at times, but it is most certainly not a "20" as its Metacritic score currently stands. This movie challenges the media establishment. Is it any wonder they don't like it? As the movie states, "questions not fully answered, do not go away." Expand
  4. NickJ.
    Apr 19, 2008
    The only thing this movie accomplishes is reinforcing the concept that those who advocate intelligent design or creationism do it out of a perverted sense of religious indignity rather than genuine scientific pursuit. Ben Stein was the absolute wrong choice for narrator, not because of his nasally voice and annoying patterns of speech, but due to his well known bias for intelligent design. It offers no scientific argument that can hold it's own and instead seeks to demonize Darwinists to gain some cheap ground. Not to mention blatantly stealing the cell animation without proper attribution, banning PZ Meyers from the prescreening, and insinuating that Richard Dawkins believes in aliens. This movie fails as cinematography and should be seen by everyone who is still on the fence about evolution, if only to give them an idea of what ID theorists advocate. Expand
  5. Belarius
    Apr 18, 2008
    In a word: tawdry. Ignoring for a moment the factual errors that riddle the movie (which are literally everywhere), the basic problem with the film is the basic problem with Intelligent Design as a theory in general: simply saying something is true does not constitute a valid argument. In its presentation of its 'evidence,' Expelled misstates the essential facts of the debate at every turn. Both in its willful refusal to work through the reasoning behind the science it attacks and its willful refusal to investigate the 'victims' it profiles, the movie is pure propaganda. Lacking the strength to change any minds, it will probably be used as a rallying point for the choir to whom it preaches. Additionally, the flagrant, unapologetic, and historically bizarre attempt to attribute the Holocaust to evolutionary theory goes beyond being insulting, vaporizing the movie's last shred of integrity. Expand
  6. RegisP.
    Apr 25, 2008
    The easily lead are easily mislead. Quite simply, the movie is filled with lies. Sternberg never worked for the Smithsonian, he was an unpaid Research Associate. The Smithsonian renewed his Research Collaborator status for 3 more years in 2006 (and this is expelled?). He resigned from his unpaid editor position at the PBSW 6 months before the Meyer article was published. The story is similar for all those who were supposedly "expelled" This movie is a perfect example of lying for Christianity. Please don't accept lies just to justify a religious worldview. Expand
  7. Mr.Pink
    Dec 28, 2008
    Rick W. claims he has a degree in Organic Evolution from the University of Wisconsin. Went to their website and--surprise, surprise--no such degree exists. I'm surprised Ben Stein didn't invite you to tell a fake story in his film as well. I'm not a creationist. I'm not an evolutionist. I'm not a liberal or conservative. I'm just a guy who knows BS when he sees it. This is not the first anti-science pro-religion documentary made and as long as the gullible and ignorant masses have money, it won't be the last. Hitler an evolutionist? Not only did Hitler dedicate his deeds to God (ie: the "intelligent designer"), but he rejected the theory of evolution and the idea that humans are animals (if he can't accept that Jews and non-Jews are biologically related, why would he believe humans and chimps are?) Furthermore, he fought against secular education and mandated prayer in schools. Need I say more? If Hitler was alive today, which side do you think he would be on? Regardless of the topic, any film that in all seriousness uses a gross and false non-sequitur such as "Hitler was an evolutionist, therefore God is a science" gets a zero from me - no exceptions. Expand

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