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EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Regardless of your personal views, Expelled's heavy-handed bias (a visit to Darwin's home gets the same eerie music as a tour of Dachau) is exasperating.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    As a work of nonfiction filmmaking it is a sham and as agitprop it is too flimsy to strike any serious blows.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Bizarre and hysterical.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Managing to make the films of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock look like dry, scholarly treatises by comparison, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed more than lives up to its subtitle.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While he gets points for addressing the debate, the way in which Stein goes about it undermines his efforts to be even-handed and intellectually rigorous.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    While roving interviewer Ben Stein extracts some choice soundbites from scientists on both sides of the creation-vs.-evolution debate, the film's flippant approach undermines the seriousness of its discourse, trading less in facts than in emotional appeals.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Controversial look at evolution meant for family discussion.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this treatment of the subject of evolution contains a number of hot-button topics. From the existence of God to the destruction of humans in the name of racial purity, this documentary pokes at a lot of sensitive topics. It's the type of documentary that some families will seek out for discussion with their mature teens and some will avoid on religious and moral grounds.

  • Families can talk about what their core beliefs are regarding the nature of life. How do religious beliefs and scientific doctrines differ? How are they similar? Do you like Ben Stein's approach to the subject? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Ben Stein is committed to asking questions, both of other people and himself. When he is faced with a tough subject, he admits he needs time to ponder it, and often goes to the geographical source of the query.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Graphic images of the Holocaust; images include emaciated cadavers piled up before they are disposed of.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Edward R. Murrow is shown smoking a cigarette when he gives a talk.