JEANNE & DAVID'S REVIEW (jointly)
Though "Citizen Koch" attempts to be a hard-hitting documentary about the influx of obscene amounts of money from right-wing organizations funded by the Koch brothers, it falls short on many levels.
With the title "Citizen Koch", one would expect a much more explicit expose of the Koch brothers themselves. Instead, directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin spend more time focusing on specific life-long Republicans who are disillusioned with their party, than formulating a well-thought-out profile of the two brothers, Charles and David, and their insane desire for control.
While spending an inordinate amount of time on the attempted recall of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, "Citizen Koch" has squandered an opportunity to expose the undue influence of the brothers Koch nationwide. Initially the documentary begins with a scathing indictment of the Supreme Court and their controversial decision regarding corporate campaign contributions. It quickly devolves into a helter-skelter dissection of the Tea Party and their loyal minions.
Does anybody recognize the name Buddy Roemer? Of course not. But "Citizen Koch" spends an inordinate amount of time detailing his greatly failed
campaign --- or lack thereof. Not even being able to gain any foothold in the Republican organization as a presidential candidate, poor Buddy is relegated simply as a footnote in the 2012 campaign.
While it appears the filmmakers had noble intentions in revealing the inequity of influence from wealthy donors, i.e., the Koch brothers, "Citizen Koch" is muddied in its attempt. It fails to deliver the knockout punch of its intended message --- wake up, America, or we're screwed!
Opinion: Wait for DVD