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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. A lively, long, intelligent documentary.
  3. 80
    It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    "Too decent to be president" was the label stuck to former senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern, the self-effacing subject of Stephen Vittoria's One Bright Shining Moment. If "decent" means "polite," then the movie makes no effort to emulate its subject.
  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