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Early Reviews for Sarah Palin Doc "Undefeated": A Conservative Critic Calls it "Excruciating"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 7, 2011 at 4:33AM

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.
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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: