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  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Instructive but aggressively biased liberal history lesson. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Running just a little over two hours and wordily narrated by talk-radio host Amy Goodman, Stephen Vittoria's hagiography spends more time bemoaning the past 30 years of U.S. political history and setting the dismal tone for McGovern's arrival on the political scene than it does on his 1972 campaign. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one. show more

  • 80
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic

    A lively, long, intelligent documentary. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    The strength of One Bright Shining Moment lies in its reminder of McGovern's critical role in reforming the way his party chose its convention delegates, and how prescient he had always been about the looming disaster of Vietnam. show more

  • 70

    "Too decent to be president" was the label stuck to former senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern, the self-effacing subject of Stephen Vittoria's One Bright Shining Moment. If "decent" means "polite," then the movie makes no effort to emulate its subject. show more

  • 60
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    The film's greatest asset and strongest selling point is the former senator from South Dakota himself, thoughtful and articulate at age 83, who talks candidly, even eloquently, about his political career. show more

  • 50
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Still, as the documentary plods past the two-hour mark, much of Mr. McGovern's legend seems dependent on Nixon's faults, and even the Democrat's political supporters, with hindsight's many gifts, can't infuse his persona with any more dynamism. show more

  • 30
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Amy Goodman's narration, though correct, has a petulant, Spanish Inquisition ring to it, only made more childish by the film's cheap idealization of the senator from South Dakota as some kind of pacifist Savonarola, overdue for canonization. show more

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