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June 7, 2011 4:33 AM
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Early Reviews for Sarah Palin Doc "Undefeated": A Conservative Critic Calls it "Excruciating"

Sarah Palin speaking at a rally in Elon, NC during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. [Photo credit: Therealbs2002 via Wiki.]

Last month, indieWIRE reported on the two-hour Sarah Palin-sanctioned documentary feature, "The Undefeated," which has been crafted to boost her pre-presidential campaign (and counter the HBO Palin-McCain biopic "Game Change"). Directed by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, the film has been making the rounds among a select pool of critics and conservative bloggers. The verdict? Decidedly mixed.

Some writers had nice things to say. Smart Girl Politics was one example (though that said, they're screening it at this year's Smart Girl Summit):

"The Undefeated" will surely be a must-see for all Palin fans, who will enjoy reliving the events that brought her to national prominence. Those who are not her biggest fans may be surprised at what they learn about the woman whose image the press has tried so hard to destroy (hint: she’s really, really normal). The media will, of course, dissect every second of the film looking for new ways to mock her, even as they zigzag around the country chasing her tour bus, hoping that she’ll stop to talk to them.

Similarly, conservative columnist Jedediah Bila had praise at The Daily Caller:

“The Undefeated” is a compelling, thought-provoking journey through the accomplishments of a competent, ambitious, principled woman who entered the political arena for the right reasons and has consistently cut through the nonsense to get things done. Perhaps most importantly, it is the story of a woman who has never been afraid to ruffle establishment feathers in order to do what’s right for her city, her state, or her country.

But right-leaning New York Post critic Kyle Smith served up a very harsh review:

"Its tone is an excruciating combination of bombast and whining, it’s so outlandishly partisan that it makes Richard Nixon look like Abraham Lincoln and its febrile rush of images — not excluding earthquakes, car wrecks, volcanic eruption and attacking Rottweilers — reminded me of the brainwash movie Alex is forced to sit through in “A Clockwork Orange.” Except no one came along to refresh my pupils with eyedrops.

I’d sooner have watched a Michael Moore movie.

Any Michael Moore movie.

Even “Canadian Bacon.”

Ouch. If this is what a right-leaning critic had to say, imagine what happens when the more centrist or left press get their hands on "The Undefeated."

Check out the trailer for the film via CNN:

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10 Comments

  • Brad | July 19, 2011 3:13 AMReply

    Kyle 'right-leaning'? There is no evidence or declaration of such a label for Smith. He is just another movie critic who is important only in his own mind. This article is weak whose only purpose was to 'pile on' Sarah Palin like the rest of the 'lame-stream media' drones. How original.

  • Bongo | June 22, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    Have we really got to watch 2 hours of this moron on screen?

    There was a time when I honestly thought politicians were more intelligent than us.... That view was warped with the idiot Bush, but oh my god - what is seriously happening here? The woman is an idiot - period. Her family is pathetic and she has the audacity to be part of a reality show. Palin is a perfect example of today - zero talent, but making the most of what she has. What she has is up for question... But I imagine its being slightly more intelligent than a redneck who will vote for her.

    The end of American awaits if she gets elected.

  • Paul E | June 10, 2011 2:06 AMReply

    "... Palin would throw every bone at him."

    Respectful, real useful politics - bone throwing: skulls breaking at an un-tapered obeilsk by animals in a different movie. Pray for us, think for those who have been, those to come ...

  • Dewey or Don't We | June 8, 2011 7:37 AMReply

    Palin will make Obama's run so easy?

    Suggestion: Maybe you should pick up a book on the Dewey/Truman fight for the White House.

    He could beat her by 30 points but even in that case he will crawl across the finish line battered and bruised. If it hasn't occurred to you yet Palin WILL take off the gloves. You might recall that she fairly begged McCain to let her hit him with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Alexi Giannoulis.

    Palin has been the target of thousands of hit pieces and God knows how many futile investigations and NOTHING of substance has been found.

    Obama has more skeletons in his closet than you can dig up at Pinelaw and Palin would throw every bone at him.

    Can you be so obtuse that you can't see why the left act like Trappist monks who have taken a vow of silence when it comes to Pawlenty or Romney but are relentless in trying to take down Palin?

  • Viper1 | June 8, 2011 7:22 AMReply

    Wow! A "right-leaning" critic who despises Palin trashed the film? What are the odds?

    Every conservartive adores Palin. Do you need any more proof than the "sources close to the
    Palin Campaign" like Steve Schmidt who revered Palin--o.k., bad example.

  • Eddie the K | June 7, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    She'll make Obama's run sooooo easy if she becomes his opposition condidate.

  • Been There | June 7, 2011 10:31 AMReply

    Sarah Palin is "normal" and "competent"? Who knew?

  • Dylan Skolnick | June 7, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    She's bad enough in sound bites, I can't imagine how painful and boring it would be to actually sit through this movie.

  • Brandt Hardin | June 7, 2011 7:10 AMReply

    The Palin Propoganda Machine is coming to a theater near you! As reckless as Palin is with her mouth, I don’t want to see what she does with a full length film. Mamma Grizzly’s rhetoric is predominately negative and continues to lower the world’s expectations of our government and society. I was compelled to create a visual commentary about her on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html

  • Steve | June 7, 2011 6:03 AMReply

    "Right-leaning" usually means "not right-enough."

    Kyle Smith is probably on a mission to get another RINO on our ticket.

    It's prime season for RINOs to come out, act as conservatives, only to get a little attention on bashing a woman destined for great things. She's their worst nightmare and not for the reasons they claim it to be.