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  • Actors: Michael Moore, Andrew Breitbart, Dinesh D'Souza, J.C. Watts, Christopher Ohlsen
  • Directors: Michael Wilson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Digital Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: HCW Films, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006PWM1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Michael Moore Hates America" on IMDb

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The controversial documentary by Michael Wilson examines the filmmaking methods of Director Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11", "Bowling for Columbine", "Roger & Me") and finds that not all is as it seems in the world of Hollywood documentaries. With the goal of getting an interview with the increasingly embittered and elusive Moore, Michael Wilson travels the country to tell the inspiring story of a nation and its everyday people, resulting in a film so honest and surprisingly self-critical that it will never win the top prize at Cannes.

Incorporating interviews with well-known cultural figures such as Albert Maysles, Andrew Breitbart, David Hardy, Dinesh D'Souza, Penn Jillette, J.C. Watts, David Horowitz and others, "Michael Moore Hates America" examines the present cultural dialogue in the United States, highlighting the often shrill and misleading style of Moore's documentaries in particular. See the film that Variety writes is "far more jocular, good-natured and thoughtful than Moore partisans might expect" and that Ebert and Roeper give Two Thumbs Up!

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"Far more jocular, good-natured and thoughtful than Moore partisans might expect... -- Variety, October 6, 2004

"Two Thumbs Up" -- Ebert and Roeper, October 30, 2004

Customer Reviews

This documentary finally depicts Michael Moore for who he really is.
BeachReader
There is far too much time spent on the details of the personal life of the film maker.
Melenzan
While not a professionally shot film, don't let that distract you from the content.
Kathryn

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264 of 322 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 262 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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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By ZC on March 7, 2005
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I'd like to counter something that was posted in another review, that is demonstratably false.

"This was not a film made by amateurs for non-partisan entertainment truth seekers like they want you to believe. In fact according to the cofounder of the Dallas film festival, Jim Hubbard explained, it was being "bankrolled primarily by some 'big-time conservative donors.'"

It wasn't made by amateurs? Please, sir, tell me what films Michael Wilson has worked on before.

As for the 'big-time conservative donors' backing thing, you obviously do not know the history of the making of this film. It started a year and a half ago as Michael Wilson and his website, asking for donations to help finance the film. He was literally relying on donations from web visitors to buy the film he needed. Several times in the next few months he would write about how dangerously low he was running and at one point even wrote about canning the project.

A couple months before the election (June of '04 I believe) a conservative businessman stepped into finance the project to have it completed.

This was not some big idea where a big, rich conservative thought 'hey, let's make a movie about Michael Moore' and then just made it at such. Michael Wilson was working his butt off on this project for half a year before this donor stepped in. Hell, I even donated a few bucks (through Amazon.com, nontheless) to Michael Wilson. This is not 'Fahrenhype 9-11' or 'Celcius 41.11' which were made by think-tanks and whatnot, so don't write as if it is.
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46 of 59 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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