I haven't ever seen any of Michael Moore's films, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. In the end, I thought it was an interesting film with a lot of interesting things to say, but several moments where I felt like it just kind of meandered around. I thought all the things he was pointing out about the fear-ridden culture of America is exactly correct, and that was a fascinating point... but then there were so many moments where I was clear on what facts he was trying to bring to light.
I appreciate the questions he was asking and I think he found some good possible answers, but the film jumps from theory to story to illustration of a previous theory to personal anecdote to clips of the other side acting crazy, without tying them together as much as I would have liked. It was a clash of tones - jumping from topic to topic made it *seem* like an exploratory documentary, but then he so clearly had an answer he already believed in, and so all the jumping around and asking, "What about this? What about this?" kind of just felt like quasi-ADD interjections, or an obligatory nod to other theories while really just wanting to share his own opinions. Some very interesting moments, but I have a feeling his other films won't sit with me much better. 3 stars.
Best Part: Like I said, I loved the whole section on our culture being very much motivated by fear. He had some really interesting moments showing that, and I thought it was put together well.
Worst Part: I get annoyed when I feel like filmmakers, especially documentary filmmakers, are so blatantly looking for one specific answer rather than truly exploring the topic, which is what I felt he was doing here.
Flickchart: #749, below Unbreakable and above Over the Hedge.