Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 75
    Sticks to reporting. Unlike most political documentaries, it doesn't preach - to the choir or to anyone else.
  2. The movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message.
  3. 75
    Distinguishes itself from the recent glut of mediocre political documentaries by opting for nonpartisanship.
  4. For interested parties, it's entertaining to hear from, and meet, the people who live and breathe the politics of America.
  5. 70
    Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.
  6. George Bush supporters may think this dissection of the President's narrow and decisive 2004 election victory in Ohio is better than sex. But Democrats and Bush voters who have come to rue the day are more likely to compare it to losing the World Series on a seventh-game walkoff home run.
  7. 70
    This is a conventional political documentary with a conventional view of what happened in the Buckeye State and why, but it's no less fascinating for all that.
  8. The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe--but that still leaves too many unanswered questions.
  9. A clear-eyed and utterly ruthless dissection of the battle for Ohio in the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election.
  10. So Goes the Nation has no new conspiracy theories, settling instead for a meticulous examination of the two political parties' hellbent voter-seduction strategies, from demographic outreach to slam ads.
  11. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Neither newly revelatory nor formally innovative.
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    From its riveting opening to its gripping conclusion, . . . So Goes the Nation is arguably the most intelligent, kinetic analysis of the modern election process since "The War Room."

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