Metascore
20

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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
    50
    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
    38
    It's hard to pinpoint what's most insulting about this obvious propaganda piece.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    While he gets points for addressing the debate, the way in which Stein goes about it undermines his efforts to be even-handed and intellectually rigorous.
  5. Managing to make the films of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock look like dry, scholarly treatises by comparison, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed more than lives up to its subtitle.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    30
    Bizarre and hysterical.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    As a work of nonfiction filmmaking it is a sham and as agitprop it is too flimsy to strike any serious blows.
  8. Expelled is an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    25
    Regardless of your personal views, Expelled's heavy-handed bias (a visit to Darwin's home gets the same eerie music as a tour of Dachau) is exasperating.
  11. Stein's schlumpy presence is disarming, though his know-it-all nature is at odds with his free-speech posing.
  12. 0
    Make Ben Stein some more money (and get a good, mordant chuckle while you're at it) by checking out this loopy, factually befuddled documentary that should manage the not-inconsiderable feat of insulting Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those nutty sci-guys who go in for Darwin by way of bad teeth and Einsteinian hair styles.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Hyden
    0
    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?
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 125
  2. Negative: 77 out of 125
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    1
    Despite your religious or social beliefs this is a horrible documentary. The first half of the movie is a failure because intelligent design theories SIMPLY CANNOT BE EQUATED TO SCIENTIFIC ONES; They're not science. The second half is an academic embarrassment because it's blatant rhetoric without substance. I gave it a 1 because I enjoyed hating it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2011
    0
    Oh boy, I can't stand watching this piece of religious fundamentalist propaganda tripe for even a minute. Let me use of of those ID proponents' tactics. Ben Stein is an ignorant, dishonest cretin who has a slurred voice, sounds like he has some neurological disorder. Full Review »
  3. May 18, 2014
    0
    Not only is it insultingly stupid, it's not even HONEST. Check elsewhere for documentation of the sleazy tactics employed by the producers, misleading the interviewees about the nature of the movie, relentlessly quote mining their interviews to make it look like they said things they didn't mean, et al. If there weren't an army of fundamentalist idiots in the U.S. who distrust all of science for the sole reason that some of it doesn't sit well with their religious beliefs, NO ONE would even have wasted their money to go see this movie. Full Review »