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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 manyBen 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 11 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. 50
    It puts a conservative twist on Michael Moore-ism, with campy stock footage, deadpan humor, mocking musical cues and less-than-ingenuous questions.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 48 out of 127
  2. Negative: 78 out of 127
  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 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 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 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. DavidG.
    Apr 25, 2008
    0
    Another friendly reminder that "intelligent design" is a victory of faith-based marketing selling faux-science to a science-ignorant Another friendly reminder that "intelligent design" is a victory of faith-based marketing selling faux-science to a science-ignorant audience. Kinda like this movie. Expand
  7. TimmyM
    Jan 28, 2009
    0
    First off, Mr Pink, I hate to give you a history lesson, but your comments about Hitler are completely off. While he did mandate and promote First off, Mr Pink, I hate to give you a history lesson, but your comments about Hitler are completely off. While he did mandate and promote religion in some aspects, he did so in a deal with the papacy which dissolved their present Catholic political party in Germany - he was only consolidating power. Hitler hated the church thoroughly. As for the film itself, anyone who has taken undergraduate philosophy and/or has a rudimentary grasp of scientific logic should not be convinced of the viability of Intelligent Design. Though stifling dialogue is never a productive means of debate, Stein's film is to the genre of documentary what fox news is to "fair and balanced" reporting. Expand

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