‘America’ is conservative silliness: 1 star

07/01/2014 1:00 AM

06/30/2014 2:22 PM

Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:43

Conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza found box office success with his diatribe against the president, “2016: Obama’s America.” He strikes again in time for Fourth of July weekend with what he’s calling a documentary: “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” a patriotic response to social activists and critics on historical issues such as the treatment of American Indians, slavery and colonialism.

D’Souza co-wrote, directed and produced with partner John Sullivan. He also narrates and does on-camera interviews.

Most of the reviews have been scathing. But apparently, if you like D’Souza, you might like the movie:

Joe Leydon, Variety: “D’Souza gives the impression of someone obsessed with whitewashing any and all dark chapters in U.S. history books. There are times when his defenses and rationalizations come across as almost laughably facile.”

Andrew Romano, TheDailyBeast.com: “It’s well-lit, well-filmed, and well-edited. The acting isn’t so bad, either. The problem is that the rest of ‘America’ is a total piece of junk. His acrobatically evasive — and borderline idiotic — treatment of slavery should be enough to convince all but the most closed-minded D’Souzaites that the guy is little more than a slick, self-promotional propagandist.”

James Rocchi, The Wrap: “‘America’ isn’t a documentary; it’s more like the badly filmed version of a badly written, meandering op-ed piece from a paper that lacks fact-checking or proofreading.”

Avi Offer, NYCmovieguru: “A well-organized, well-researched exploration of how and why we’ve been lied to about certain events from American history.”

Rated PG-13 for some violent images.

| Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com


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