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70

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
Potent and eye-opening documentary.
100
Absorbing.
88
Chicago Tribune
It's not a hasty, knocked-together promo job--though it is clearly pro-Kerry.
80
Dallas Observer
It's hagiography, yes, but also powerful and poignant.
70
The A.V. Club
When it steers away from campaign-ad testimonials and considers Kerry's moral awakening in Vietnam and beyond, Going Upriver features some tremendously powerful scenes.
70
Village Voice
I got a charge out of Going Upriver, but as more than one person has noted, the movie's ideal spectator would be Kerry himself.
70
It's one view of Kerry that seems to have been lost in the present acrimonious shuffle.
60
Variety
Butler is in no way a hot-headed or contentious piece of agit-prop, unlike so many other election year documentaries; like Kerry himself, the film speaks to the mind, not the emotions.
50
New York Magazine (Vulture)
It underscores, with ample footage from his rallying speeches and his 1971 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, just how important it was for the antiwar movement to be represented by someone like Kerry.
50
L.A. Weekly
The film won't likely change any minds, but there's a taut political essay beneath the blatant campaigning.

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