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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A brilliant and irresistible counterfactual overview of American history. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    CSA is a sophomoric film essay that would have barely rated a passing grade from a tougher teacher. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Provocative, deeply unsettling mockumentary. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As a coherent, well-judged alternative history, the movie's a mess. As a thought-provoking and frequently hilarious jeremiad, it scores again and again. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    CSA would have benefited from a bigger budget and better actors and it gets weaker as it goes along, but it's still thought-provoking stuff. show more

  • 60

    This is a clever premise stretched perhaps a little too far. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    There are droll comic flourishes in this very brave film, to be sure, but all you really want to do after watching CSA is hang down your head and cry. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It's a fearless and brilliant racial-historical satire, done in a meticulous re-creation of the Ken Burns mode, that chronicles the last 150 years of America as if the South had won the Civil War. show more

  • 83
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    C.S.A. has a love-it-or-hate-it bite that probably will lead to a few passionate post-screening discussions. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Not since Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" has such an irreverent carnival of African American stereotypes been so irreverently sent up. show more

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