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American Gadfly (2021)

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After decades of quiet living, 89 year-old former U.S. senator Mike Gravel comes out of retirement when a group of teenagers convince him to run for president. Through Senator Gravel's official Twitter account, the Gravel teens embark on an unlikely adventure to qualify him for the Democratic debates in order to advance an anti-war, anti-corruption, and direct democracy agenda in the 2020 presidential race.

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Wallin presents the correctness of Oks and Williams's cause as a given. If you can get past that ingenuousness, "American Gadfly" is enjoyable as a chronicle of teenage idealism and its frustrations.

January 4, 2022 | Full Review…

Fascinating as an inside story of the political process and what goes on in a long-shot presidential campaign, even if that effort was essentially a footnote in the 2020 campaign.

January 28, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a very gimmicky, one-sided documentary about smug, teenage left-wing Democrats ... [The movie] lets its 'stars' off the hook too easily when it comes to many problematic issues [choosing male-only campaign leaders] ... The hypocrisy is disgusting.

January 16, 2022 | Full Review…

Gives us a taste of digital-age politicking, the ways Twitter shapes and amplifies debate on the Left...but... can come off as a self-satisfied victory lap for a victory that never happened.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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