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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) Collapse
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. 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
    30
    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
    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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 124
  2. Negative: 76 out of 124
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    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
    10
    Extremely thoughtful and very well done.
  3. SeanM
    Apr 25, 2008
    9
    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. MarkkuY.
    Apr 20, 2008
    1
    Utterly amateurish and dishonest. Undoubtedly those who desperately wish to believe Charles Darwin had horns on his head will give it high marks. Creationist propaganda of the very worst kind, it fails purely on cinematic terms as well. Louts like Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore at least have the decency to entertain while cramming their messages down our unwilling throats. If you must, give money to churches and charities instead of wasting them on this film. Expand
  5. Belarius
    Apr 18, 2008
    0
    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. BJK
    Apr 23, 2008
    0
    Pure rubbish, insulting garbage. When asked about those scientists (such as myself) who both study evolution and have strong faith, the makers of this movie said that including those people would "muddle the issue." All this movie does is create unnecessary tension between religion and science. There is no contradiction there. Expand
  7. BarryD
    Dec 16, 2008
    0
    Many of the comments giving 9s & 10s don't even focus on the movie, but instead attack evolutionary biology (and other commenters). And that is just what 'Expelled' does: attack evolution while completely avoiding explaining how an alternate theory would work. They only give us the tired old cop-out, "It's so complex, it _must_ have had a designer" a.k.a. "God did it". This movie was marketed as being supportive of Intelligent Design (as an alternate to biological evolution), yet it did not at _any_ point in the film offer evidence for the "alternate theory" known as ID. Several people who were apparently "expelled" for their acceptance of ID are interviewed; however, a little bit of research on them reveals that the movie was not telling us the whole story for each individual. Feel free to research them for yourself. Also, throughout the film, an ridiculous parallel is drawn where they actually imply that an acceptance of evolution will lead to Nazism and genocide. This attempt was so absurd, I considered leaving the theater (but did stay and tough it out). It's really sad that an anti-scientific movie like this was funded so heavily. Overall, 'Expelled' was absolutely abysmal. Expand

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