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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The character isn't just shtick, though. As Billy, Talen has staged many protests in Times Square and anti-shopping "interventions" at retailers, where the managers, to say nothing of the New York police, often have failed to see the humor - he's been arrested dozens of times. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Encourages viewers to think outside the big box of super stores such as Wal-Mart. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    You know that deflated feeling you get after you've spent a lot of time and money shopping - and have little to show for your efforts? This disappointing biography, about performance artist Reverend Billy, does an awfully good job recreating it. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite effective moments, VanAlkemade's film is too diffuse. He gives us snippets of the group's spirited performances, but their effect on audiences remains unclear. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It’s a wickedly effective indictment of America’s consumer compulsion, our mindless shopping and the multinational corporations controlling it all. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Steeped in what may be the ultimate postmodern irony: Talen's impromptu, defiant piece of performance art with political undertones has actually taken on a spiritual dimension. show more

  • 63
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Fairly entertaining, repetitive exhortations of a televangelist who looks like Kurt Russell playing Elvis Presley with 12 additional teeth. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    True believers make for sloppy documentarians and that What Would Jesus Buy? is stuck in neutral because of its director’s almost total lack of intellectual and psychological curiosity. show more

  • 83
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The stripped-down filmmaking preserves the abruptness and surprise of the happy (and unhappy) accidents Reverend Billy finds at every stop along the way, from Manhattan to Anaheim. show more

  • 75
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Entertaining and eye-opening. show more

  • May 22, 2008 max732g
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    I freaking threw up!

  • May 22, 2008 fason1007
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    I laughed out loud more times than I could count. I have not laughed this hard at a movie in years. However, by the end of the movie, I was angry at retailers and the corporatization and over-commercialization of the Christmas/Hannukha/Kwanza holidays. It makes me want to protest and boycott the spiritual enslavement of the U.S.A. by Madison Avenue. I will see this movie again. I will bring my like minded friends.

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