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In 'Roger & Me', Michael Moore tried in vain to get an interview with millionaire GM CEO Roger Smith. In Michael Moore Hates America, documentarian Michael Wilson searches for the American Dream and sets off on a nationwide quest to interview another millionaire: the "documentary" filmmaker, Michael Moore.

Starring:
Mike Abraham, Pete Auger
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Michael Moore Hates America

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Moore owes an apology to the American people if he truly LOVES AMERICA.
Moto4
This movie spends too much time trying to discredit him by breaking down his personal life, which has nothing to do with his films.
hoarselord
The film focuses on the minutia of detail not the major points of Moore's documentaries.
J Q Adams

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261 of 316 people found the following review helpful By K. Dunlap on December 11, 2004
Format: DVD
I think that for a first attempt at film making, Michael Wilson does a creditable job. Documentaries are not expected to display cinematic art to the degree of other genres. Documentaries are to film what informational books are to writing: it is the validity of the content that is of primary importance.

Wilson uses Moore's own story line from "Roger and Me", vainly following the title character around the country in search of an interview, and does it quite well. The movie is quite interesting and sometimes funny (especially his interview of Penn Jillette).

Now, let's tackle the provocative title, "Michael Moore Hates America." I believe Michael Wilson used it in order to get his movie noticed. It is clear that he is uncomfortable with it: This is shown when, at the end of his interview with the extremely ethical documentarian, Albert Maysles, he sheepishly reveals the title, apparently expecting to be rebuked. To his surprise Maysles simply responds, "Maybe he does."

The film is really about ethics in the making of documentary films. Scenes from Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" and to a lesser extent "Roger and Me" (both of which I have seen) supply the basis he and others such as Penn Jillette, Albert Maysles, and David Horowitz (as well as people whom Moore chose to interview in making "Bowling for Columbine") use as a basis for their comments pro and con.

Some reviewers have stated that all movies shade the truth or worse. That may be literally true; however, it is clearly unethical to manipulate scenes in a documentary in such a way as to create "facts" or connections (particularly to create the appearance of cause and effect or guilt by association) that are false or misleading.
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214 of 260 people found the following review helpful By That guy on December 13, 2004
Format: DVD
Let me start this by saying I *AM* a fan of Michael Moore.

That being said, I do find some of his filmmaking techniques sloppy. That is the price you pay for trying to pack big issues into a two hour movie.

Is using the title "Michael Moore Hates America" any more inflamatory than titling a book "Dude, Where's My Country?" The fact of the matter is that this is the way that this form of entertainment appeals to its core audience, from either political spectrum.

What we have here is a delightful, if somewhat provocative film by a first time filmmaker. Is it good? Ebert and Roeper gave it two thumbs up. I'd say I have to agree with their assesment.

This is an important film for anyone who wants to be informed of both sides of the issues in Mr Moore's more recent films. Knowing both sides of a discussion is the only way a person can make intellectual decisions.

See this film.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By offthebay on December 6, 2004
Format: DVD
With a title like this, it isn't a surprise that some won't see it because of what they think it's about. I am no fan of Moore, but believe him to be one of the most important film makers of this generation. That said, his tactics and his path to a point of view are frequently underhanded, misleading and at times, dishonest.

Michael Moore Hates America is certainly not as well crafted or entertaining as a Michael Moore film is, but then perhaps that is exactly why I liked it. I saw it in LA, and was prepared to hate it. Being a moderate, often liberal thinker, I thought it was going to be a political hack job, like so many other anti-Moore films of late have been. I was happy to discover that, while imperfect and flawed, it is honest and earnest in it's attempt to make a simple point (see the film for yourself) It's not an easy task, in fact, director Michael Wilson makes the point of showing us how easy it is to slip and cave in to the impulse to manipulate others in order to make a point, a vulnerable thing to do in such a public fashion. We're left to consider if it's alright for the "ends to justifies the means" and should Moore, or other, be forgiven for misleading and lying, all for the sake of making a point. An important point to consider in light of the recent elections.

This movie is far from perfect. Penn Jillette shines, but I perhaps Wilson gives him too much time. I think the film is funny, but not as funny as it needs to be in order to win a larger word of mouth. Most of all, the flaw in this film is it's title.
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83 of 107 people found the following review helpful By S. LAV on November 29, 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw this film at Smmash Fest in Excelsior Minnesota where it won best new film documentary! The last review of this film was by the legendary critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper who gave it "Two Thumbs Up"

This is a great movie documentary that will leave you thinking and talking about it long after the credits have rolled and if you believe that you know what this film is all about... All I can say is be prepared for a real surprise!

This film is a funny and refreshing feel good movie that takes us across America and its message is more about who we are than what it says directly about Michael Moore. Mike Wilson delivers a full cast including Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame, Albert Maysles the Legendary Independent Documentary Director and Representative Mark Kennedy of Minnesota along with several others. So if you are a political animal or not, Republican, Democrat, or Independent purchase this film because you might just find yourself cheering and applauding or maybe even rising to give it a standing ovation. We are purchasing the DVD so our family and friends can enjoy this film and view it's upbeat and valuable message.
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