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L.A. Weekly
From its riveting opening to its gripping conclusion, . . . So Goes the Nation is arguably the most intelligent, kinetic analysis of the modern election process since "The War Room."
The movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message.
New York Post
Sticks to reporting. Unlike most political documentaries, it doesn't preach - to the choir or to anyone else.
Distinguishes itself from the recent glut of mediocre political documentaries by opting for nonpartisanship.
This is a conventional political documentary with a conventional view of what happened in the Buckeye State and why, but it's no less fascinating for all that.
A clear-eyed and utterly ruthless dissection of the battle for Ohio in the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election.
Village Voice
So Goes the Nation has no new conspiracy theories, settling instead for a meticulous examination of the two political parties' hellbent voter-seduction strategies, from demographic outreach to slam ads.
For interested parties, it's entertaining to hear from, and meet, the people who live and breathe the politics of America.
Neither newly revelatory nor formally innovative.
New York Daily News
George Bush supporters may think this dissection of the President's narrow and decisive 2004 election victory in Ohio is better than sex. But Democrats and Bush voters who have come to rue the day are more likely to compare it to losing the World Series on a seventh-game walkoff home run.

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