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  • Summary: It's 2001 -- before Twitter, before the flash mob, before Obama, and Cogswell decides he must do the impossible: run against an incumbent city council member who's already raised a huge campaign war chest and sewn up all the city's biggest political endorsements. Grant dreams of an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city's wet streets, and he is apoplectic with rage that McIver's alternate mass transit proposal is a costly idea that would destroy the city's lower class neighborhoods. Grant has a snowball's chance in hell of winning his campaign until he lures recently fired alternative-weekly reporter Phil Campbell to run his campaign. Phil may be a campaign neophyte, but he has the tact that Grant lacks, and frankly he can't think of anything better to do with his time. Things start to look really bad until Grant attracts an army of wild-eyed young volunteers to back his unlikely crusade, and the impossible begins to happen. It's politics. But not as usual. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 10, 2012
    58
    Perhaps the most curious omission from the movie Grassroots is that there's no mention at all of the classic "Simpsons" episode "Marge vs. the Monorail."
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 20, 2012
    55
    Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 10, 2012
    50
    A campaign movie for viewers who, if they care about politics at all, certainly don't require the full Sorkin treatment.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 10, 2012
    40
    Factor in a questionable use of 9/11 footage, and this is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 10, 2012
    30
    By ultimately softening its stance toward McIver, Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 9, 2012
    12
    It isn't entirely clear what Stephen Gyllenhaal sees in the material apart from some lukewarm raging against the machine.

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