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  • Summary: Alaska in mid-decade was a land of vast natural resources fought over by the largest companies in the world and governed by a corrupt and compromised political class. Rampant crony-capitalism stood in the way of the people of Alaska reaping the benefits of their natural birthright. Enter a galvanizing reformer, a small town mayor who took on her own political party and brought on “sudden and relentless reform.” An epic two-hour feature documentary film, “The Undefeated” chronicles the rise from obscurity of one of America’s new generation of leaders: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Starting during the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989 when Palin worked a commercial fishing boat she owned with her blue-collar husband, the film shows the struggles, the victories and the setbacks during a controversial career. (Victory Film Group) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 12, 2011
    50
    Even as it makes the facile Palin-for-president case, fence-sitters will find themselves non-plussed and existing Palin haters won't budge.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 12, 2011
    50
    Once you realize the film is just going to be a string of encomiums against a backdrop of frantically edited archival material in which few shots are allowed to stay onscreen longer than three seconds, it's clear that no meaningful analysis of the woman's career or political agenda will be forthcoming.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 14, 2011
    50
    A troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jul 12, 2011
    40
    Slickly produced and blatantly manipulative, Bannon's hagiographic tribute is a celebratory cavalcade of career highlights and glowing testimonials that doubtless will please Palin's devoted followers, appall her fiercest critics -- and, perhaps, occasionally surprise the undecided.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jul 12, 2011
    38
    A slick one hour and 50 minute version of those political convention hagiographies ("A Man From Hope"), so it's not exactly an objective take on its subject, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Jul 19, 2011
    20
    The Undefeated says less about Sarah Palin than about the political and cultural environment that made her big screen beatification possible.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 14, 2011
    16
    Viewers are left to wonder if it's all actually some sort of vehicle for subliminal messaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 17 out of 23
  1. Jul 17, 2011
    10
    I laughed, I cried, but mostly I listened and learned. WOW, what an eye opener. I thought this movie was supposed to be about Sarah Palin. But, this movie is about 'we the people'. Now what are we going to do about it? Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2011
    10
    Excellent film! Audience response was tremendous. It's astonishing how many people who've never seen the film are warning against going to see it. Truth is, it was a story about a person ravaged by an unrelenting campaign to destroy her. The film demonstrates its title's truth because it's not really about winning or losing elections, but the willingness to stand, and never surrender to those who wish to defeat you. Sarah Palin IS The Undefeated. It's understandable that leftists hate the movie: They know it's powerful just by the descriptions they've read from others. The movie lives up to lefties' worst fears by simply telling the truth about Sarah Palin. One can quibble about this or that, but altogether, it's a well done picture with excellent musical score where appropriate, and it's a powerful presentation and re-introduction of Sarah Palin as the media has never let you see her since John McCain chose her as his running mate. My more thorough review is here:

    http://markamerica65.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/we-and-she-the-undefeated/
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  3. FIW
    Jul 17, 2011
    10
    Great film...includes the info that the media has ignored. This will not change the mind of die-hard liberals, but it will open the eyes of those viewers with an open mind. This movie chronicles Sarah Palin's beginnings in Alaska and her experience as a Mayor and Governor. We see the intelligent, pragmatic chief executive that is Sarah Palin. This documentary paints a much different picture of Governor Palin than the mainstream media. I think this is a truer narrative than has been used, and still is used, to portray the real Sarah Palin. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    1
    Being one who doesn't follow the antics of partisan politics, I found this movie completely bad. It offers no fresh ideas or paints a different picture of Sarah Palin that she hasn't already conveyed to the American public prior to this film's release. The film basically becomes a two hour political ad with no substance, making it an overall horrible documentary. The only positive is that conservatives who are fans of Sarah Palin will more than likely enjoy it as a tale of a political hero. Otherwise, your money is better spent on the last HP movie. Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2011
    0
    It is even worse than Bieber's documentary. Republicans are a stain on this country and need to be washed away as soon as possible. If Palin was hoping to boost viewers for her 2012 election, she has failed and the project has backfired. Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2011
    0
    Honestly, this film is pure propaganda. It has no merit as a film.

    "Undefeated?" Her governorship didn't even finish out her term as
    governor, and there are documents, emails, and testimonies from former staffers that highlight just how little she actually cares about making a political difference.

    This film has failed to break even on its budget, and will be a blight upon the resumes of all who've worked on it, and wish to be taken seriously in their professions.
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  7. Jul 15, 2011
    0
    The most disappointing thing about this documentary is that anything said about it that could be interpreted as negative can be shrugged off easily as liberal bias, and would only further strengthen the points so vigorously stated within it. Expand

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