Film Critics, Audience Sharply at Odds Over D’Souza’s ‘Death of a Nation’

By Petr Svab

Audiences sharply disagree with movie critics on the new documentary by Dinesh D’Souza, “Death of a Nation,” according to movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes.

While 11 critics lambasted the movie as one big, boring, amateurish lie, movie-goers mostly raved about it for being eye-opening, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

As of Aug. 8 afternoon, the site aggregated the critics’ reviews into a 1.9/10 score with zero percent for “fresh” (vs “rotten”) ratings. The audience score sat at 4.5 out of 5 based on nearly 3,500 user ratings, prompting the site to conclude that 90 percent of the audience “liked it.”

Critics and audience ratings of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Death of a Nation” on Aug. 8, 2018. (Screenshot via RottenTomatoes.com)

“Based on the critics reviews, I expected a sloppy, hastily constructed mess of cheesy propaganda,” wrote user Frank B on Aug. 7, giving the film 3.5 stars. “I was surprised to discover a fairly well argued narrative that largely stayed on point.”

As to the theme of the film, the user wrote that “D’Souza expends his efforts clinically defining political terms and seeking experts in the field of political philosophy to substantiate respective definitions. We also see how these terms have been redefined over the years to suit various agendas and interests.”

He called the film “fascinating” and credited D’Souza for “vastly improved” dramatic recreations compared to his previous documentaries.

“Although dotted with moments of cheese and self-aggrandizement, there is no doubt the main thesis presented is worthy of consideration,” he wrote. “Regardless of where one comes down politically, this film is rather effective and must be awarded some points for technical and narrative skill.”

According to its synopsis, “Death of a Nation” explores the concepts of fascism and racism in American history and asks, “Which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them?” It then makes the case that it was the Democratic party, and that the party still embodies racism and fascism today.

“Why do the leftist critics hate it so much? It’s 90 minutes of kicking their butts with material that they find indisputable and therefore intolerable,” D’Souza told WND.

From The Epoch Times

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