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Sarah Palin 'The Undefeated' Documentary: What Critics Say
Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 18, 2011

Posted on 07/18/2011 11:11:08 AM PDT by fantail 1952

The film grossed between $60,000 to $75,000 after opening in 10 theaters this weekend, leading its backers to call it a success.

The Sarah Palin documentary Undefeated opened in 10 theaters this weekend and earned about $60,000 to $75,000 -- leading its backers to tell The Hollywood Reporter it was a success.

"We didn't put a nickel of P&A into this and the distributor had the movie for only three weeks. To describe this as anything but a hit is inaccurate,” director-writer Stephen Bannon said on Sunday. "This is a documentary opening against Harry Potter on the toughest weekend of the year. We had small numbers but only in small theaters. In bigger markets, like Orange County, we'll do $12,000 per screen."

So what are the critics saying about the movie?

"A partisan piece stitched together using positive sound bites about Sarah Palin that will get media attention simply for its subject, though it isn't a must-see film by any means," writes The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy in his review.

"Puzzlingly titled The Undefeated in that its heroine lost the last election in which she ran and subsequently stepped down from her job as governor of Alaska before her term was up, this narrowly conceived valentine calls upon a vast chorus of coworkers, friends and admirers to numbingly defend everything she's ever said or done and to champion her as a maverick politician with a real connection to the people. Set to begin theatrical runs next week in select houses nationwide, this will attract media attention in the way that anything to do with Palin invariably does (all the more so because it's favorable), but nothing about the film earmarks it as a must-see anywhere other than in the living rooms of die-hard loyalists,"he adds.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Freeoples; Society
KEYWORDS: palin; sarahpalin; theuncefeated; theundefeated; undefeated
As expected from this rag, all the critics slam the film....But then it shows a grudging respect for how successful its opening is.

Can't wait to see the list of theaters it will be shown in for the coming weeks. Have a feeling that this may be one of the top ten grossing docs of all time!

1 posted on 07/18/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT by fantail 1952
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To: fantail 1952

So when do we expect anything that praises conservatism to be liked by Hollywood? Come on.


2 posted on 07/18/2011 11:16:16 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

My Dad donated to sarahpac.com and we’re waiting for the DVD!

WOOHOO.

Run Sarah Run!


3 posted on 07/18/2011 11:21:58 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( Ft. Lauderdale Florida (D-20))
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To: fantail 1952

“Todd McCarthy in his review.”

Todd ? Toady ,here is a Homo African Nincompoop supporter,who has NO background and Never did anything aside from studying racism in the Wright house of hate for 22 years! Now there is Todds MAN!!!!!!


4 posted on 07/18/2011 11:25:13 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: fantail 1952
Here is what actual theatergoers say:

Viewers of ‘The Undefeated’ speak out (brought forth admiration and tears)

5 posted on 07/18/2011 11:33:54 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Cheetahcat

How can anyone expect anything else, but a bad review about anything Conservative ,from the Hollywood Reporter.


6 posted on 07/18/2011 11:34:07 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: fantail 1952
"Puzzlingly titled The Undefeated in that its heroine lost the last election in which she ran and subsequently stepped down from her job as governor of Alaska before her term was up..."

Just a little tip for ya, Hollywood Regurgitator.... When a person gets knocked down, but gets back up and continues swinging, they are "undefeated" by definition.

Unfortunately, most modern readers will gloss right past that sentence without even noticing the cockamamie reasoning.

7 posted on 07/18/2011 11:38:26 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: fantail 1952

Selling DVD’s in Walmart would be the way to go.. (at a reduced price)..


8 posted on 07/18/2011 11:38:56 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: fantail 1952

OK - a couple of things:

Clearly the critics won’t like it. Most critics are liberal trash, so they’ll only like movies about how Obama saved the world, the military delights in raping and killing babies, and how big oil just wants to ruin the planet.

I *really* like how out of 665 user reviews on RottenTomatoes.com, 0% liked it. Yeah... right... Tell me DU doesn’t have their fingerprints on that.

BUT...

The opening was OK, but not hugely successful. It took in less that $10k per screen. $10k+ per screen would have been “successful.” And, sadly, a movie like this drops off the cliff on subsequent weeks. That’s just the truth. Movies like Restrepo can grow after their limited release, but political documentaries pull out the faithful first and then only the curious second.

So, let’s be honest. It will not be a top ten grossing documentary of all time. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts on that.


9 posted on 07/18/2011 11:43:10 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: hosepipe
"Selling DVD’s in Walmart would be the way to go.. (at a reduced price)"

That little deal has already been done. Look for them when the movie finishes its run. These will likely be the theater version.

Expect the special edition to include several take-outs that would give the theater version an "R" rating.

10 posted on 07/18/2011 11:49:01 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: hosepipe

haha


11 posted on 07/18/2011 11:51:04 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: fantail 1952

“The Undefeated” is the title of a short story by Hemingway. Too bad Todd McCarthy never read it. He might have understood. If he’s a slow reader, he can rent the 1969 movie and pretty much come to a similar understanding of what the title means and why it is used here.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 11:53:59 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

I would guess that he never saw it himself.

LLS


13 posted on 07/18/2011 11:58:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: bolobaby
A couple points of my own:

I might agree completely with you if this were a politician using conventional methods in normal(?) times.

So far, Sarah has been anything but conventional in every way. Her use of the Internet media, her manipulation of the soon-to-be extinct MSM, her use of guerrilla tactics in pre-announcement campaigning, and her leaving the GOP reservation by embracing TEA parties. the bus trip, and so on.

Now, this film! Whether it is a smash success or not isn't all that important in the sense that it seems that the commie left is mounting a large part of their diminishing assets to slam it just gives it, and her, credibility. An old saying is that"The only bad publicity is none at all" is very true here. As if she needs more name recognition, this just adds to it.

Conventional politics took a tremendous hit in 2010, largely due to Sarahs efforts, and that was the left jab. The knockout punch is following next year, and not just in the race for POTUS, but very much in the down ballot.

I look forward to her campaign next year and believe that it will be the most unconventional and likely the most successful in the history of America.

Sun-tzu and Ronald Reagan would be proud!

14 posted on 07/18/2011 12:18:08 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: Kirkwood

Hemingway’s story is about bullfighting. The movie is about the civil war. Not the same story I don’t believe. Do you mean they have the same general theme?


15 posted on 07/18/2011 12:28:46 PM PDT by mc5cents (Noli nothis permittere te terere)
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To: fantail 1952

New critics, same as old critics?

Uh, aren’t the majority of these critics the same ones who have been viciously attacking Palin 24/7 ever since she appeared on the national scene in 2008?


16 posted on 07/18/2011 12:31:28 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Obama may not be a natural born citizen, but there is no denying that he is a natural born liar.)
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To: fantail 1952

The guy who wrote the story about the unadvertised, empty, Thursday midnight showing of The Undefeated has a new article out. (Barf Alert).

How I Became the Subject of a Conspiracy Theory
Conor Friedersdorf

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/how-i-became-the-subject-of-a-conspiracy-theory/242028/


17 posted on 07/18/2011 12:51:18 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: fantail 1952

These highly predictable reviews were written long before the theaters opened their doors.

It is a common practice among reviewers to write reviews either before seeing the films (or without ever seeing the film. In the newspaper biz they are regarded as the laziest idiots on the payroll.


18 posted on 07/18/2011 12:53:03 PM PDT by Wordkraft
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To: bolobaby

The numbers Bannon was shooting for (to be a success) was $5,000 per screen. Clearly, the numbers were a pleasant surprise.


19 posted on 07/18/2011 1:06:35 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: bolobaby
It will not be a top ten grossing documentary of all time.

It will be in that range once it is available on DVD. Many conservatives haven't been to a movie theater in a while. Why spend $10 a pop (before snacks) to be politically insulted in both a blatant and subtext style? Better to rent something from Redbox, Netflix etc. at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home.

This will be a huge DVD success in the realm of documentaries.

20 posted on 07/18/2011 1:46:49 PM PDT by torchthemummy ("Truth Is A Stubborn Thing")
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To: torchthemummy
The weekend numbers are in:
boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart

21 posted on 07/18/2011 3:20:23 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: bolobaby

Is the plan as follows?:

1) People (haters and fans alike) pay hard-earned money to go out of their way and use up part of a weekend or evening to watch what they know going in is a pro-Sarah Palin movie.

2) People like what they see, and Sarah’s opponents have the scales fall from their eyes and decide to vote for her.

3) Sarah becomes President.

A nice idea. It seems a bit unrealistic (particularly steps 1 and 2), but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.


22 posted on 07/18/2011 4:20:16 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

The plan is to overcome left wing media trying to stop conservatives, that bugs you?


23 posted on 07/18/2011 7:06:27 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: fantail 1952

Yeah, not a squeak about her mistreatment by the MSM. Nice. We all know the enemy within.


24 posted on 07/18/2011 7:36:06 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: They called Reagan "unelectable", too.)
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To: bolobaby

$6513/screen opening. Not that bad for a documentary that didn’t have Sex Mormons in Chains.


25 posted on 07/18/2011 7:36:07 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: bolobaby

It`s only been to a few markets yet! What Reuters LSM wants to do is... tell people that it`s bombing when it is not, and that its coming to ppv etc earlier than it really is.

Same idea as when they reported Gore had won Florida, while a time zone in Florida had not yet finished voting


26 posted on 07/26/2011 12:22:16 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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