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Al Franken: God Spoke (2006)



Critic Consensus: This documentary traces Franken's transformation from humorist to activist with entertaining, if uneven, results.

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The makers of "The War Room" turn their cameras on yet another burgeoning political career. "Al Franklen: God Spoke" is a cinema verite pursuit of Al Franken, shot over the course of two years, which follows the former Saturday Night Live comedian turned best-selling author and political satirist, from his highly publicized feud with Bill O'Reilly over Franken's blockbuster "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" to his relentless campaign against George Bush and the Right Wing in the 2004 election, and beyond. From his USO tour in Iraq, to the studios of liberal radio network Air America and onto the campaign trail, filmmakers Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus are granted entré to one of the most effective political satirists of our time. Franken fearlessly confronts pundits and politicians, blurring the boundaries between political satire and impassioned citizenry. Featuring a host of beltway insiders including Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, Robert Kennedy Jr., Sean Hannity, William Safire, Karen Hughes and Henry Kissinger, the film is an often hilarious look behind the front lines of the media wars during the most contentious election in recent history. But ultimately, "Al Franklen: God Spoke" is a personal drama of transformation as Franken moves from his seat in the sidelines to become a contender in the political ring.


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Critic Reviews for Al Franken: God Spoke

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (20)

Whether one agrees with his point of view or not, it's a message worth hearing.

November 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This film by Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus forces us to make some decisions about him. For myself, I find him generally gross, in person and in manner.

October 26, 2006

A documentary in search of a story.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Often entertaining.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What this documentary lacks in intent, insight, and surprise it makes up for in thoroughness.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A fascinating combination of class clown and fact-happy debate-club president, Franken nonetheless makes for a compelling subject, but God Spoke veers uncomfortably into hagiography, especially as it winds down.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Al Franken: God Spoke


I imagine that Al Fraken has a very very difficult job. The bluster one must experience in a world of pundits is probably hurricane-like, so it's amazing that Franken can keep smiling and being funny. It's really his personality more than anything that drives this documentary, but it's a little hard to focus on him amid the hostile political climate in the US.

Emily Armstrong
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