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Based on 6 Reviews
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  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Clearly intent on inspiring viewers, the informational film makes a fine sum-up for those who've found the last decade's geopolitics too much to keep track of, but isn't promising in commercial terms. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    A vivid documentary with unusual access to the key players in the geopolitical dramas it recounts. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge them. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    An impressive array of archival news footage, enlightening interviews with activists, politicos, academics and journalists, plus a dispensable Alfred Molina-narrated animated parable, round out this provocative, if at times overly ambitious effort. show more

  • 60
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    A Whisper to a Roar traces a too-familiar step-by-step political pattern: the transformation of a liberator into a despot, his subsequent reign of tyranny and the popular uprising against it. show more

  • 67
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    The film makes a convincing argument that, in spite of some recent setbacks, movements for democratic change are alive and well, but it glosses over the problems that arise once the people have to implement the power they've seized. show more

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