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  • Summary: This documentary examines George McGovern's bold and grassroots presidential campaign of 1972. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
  2. 80
    It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one.
  3. A lively, long, intelligent documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    70
    The strength of One Bright Shining Moment lies in its reminder of McGovern's critical role in reforming the way his party chose its convention delegates, and how prescient he had always been about the looming disaster of Vietnam.
  5. Instructive but aggressively biased liberal history lesson.
  6. The film's greatest asset and strongest selling point is the former senator from South Dakota himself, thoughtful and articulate at age 83, who talks candidly, even eloquently, about his political career.
  7. Amy Goodman's narration, though correct, has a petulant, Spanish Inquisition ring to it, only made more childish by the film's cheap idealization of the senator from South Dakota as some kind of pacifist Savonarola, overdue for canonization.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. StackL.
    Nov 6, 2005
    10
    This is a very important historical/political film. It's an alternative look at the past 50 years. The interviews (especially McGovern & This is a very important historical/political film. It's an alternative look at the past 50 years. The interviews (especially McGovern & Gloria Steinem) are great. Music is cool, too. Expand
  2. TerryA.
    Oct 31, 2005
    2
    Interesting in the same manner as watching a train wreck.