All In: The Fight for Democracy

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All In: The Fight for Democracy
Official poster
Directed by
Written byJack Youngelson
Produced by
StarringStacey Abrams
CinematographyWolfgang Held
Edited byNancy Novack
Music by
Production
company
  • Story Syndicate
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

All In: The Fight for Democracy is a 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. The film revolves around voter suppression. Stacey Abrams worked with Garbus and Cortés on the film.[1] It was released in a limited theatrical release on September 9, 2020, followed by digital streaming on Amazon Prime Video on September 18, 2020, by Amazon Studios. Originally Abrams, a Georgia state representative, did not intend to be part of the film; eventually, she agreed to include her gubernatorial race as part of the story.[2]

Cast

Release

In June 2020, Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film, with intention to release before the 2020 United States presidential election.[3] It was released in a limited theatrical release on September 9, 2020, followed by digital streaming on Amazon Prime Video on September 18, 2020.[4] It was set to have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020, prior to its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

On September 9, 2020, coinciding with the film's release, musician Janelle Monáe released the single "Turntables", a song which was featured in the film.[6]

Critical reception

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 66 reviews, with an average of 8/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "All In: The Fight for Democracy lives up to its title as a galvanizing rallying cry for voters to exercise—and preserve—their right to be heard."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

Craig Matheson of The Age said that the film was "sobering viewing, especially with a policy rooted in the 19th century growing stronger in the 21st."[9] Linda Marric of NME gave the film 4/5 stars, writing, "Although a little repetitive in parts, All In: The Fight For Democracy is essential viewing for anyone wanting to understand how things are likely to unravel in the weeks to come."[10] Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Kevin Crust said the film "manages the triple-E feat of being entertaining, educational and enlightening."[11]

References

  1. ^ Galuppo, Mia (July 26, 2020). "Stacey Abrams Voter Rights Doc 'All In' Sets Release Date on Amazon". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (September 9, 2020). "'All In: The Fight for Democracy' Review: Electoral Collage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 17, 2020). "Amazon Studios Acquires Stacey Abrams Untitled Voting Rights Documentary; Eyes Theatrical Release Before Election". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (July 26, 2020). "Stacey Abrams Voter Rights Doc 'All In' Sets Release Date on Amazon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (August 3, 2020). "Inside the Telluride Film Festival That Would Have Been". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Curto, Justin (September 9, 2020). "If Janelle Monáe's New Song Won't Get You to the Polls, We Don't Know What Will". Vulture. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "All In: The Fight for Democracy Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Mathieson, Craig (September 16, 2020). "Looking for a Nurse Ratched origin story? Ryan Murphy's got one for you". The Age. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
  10. ^ Marric, Linda (September 18, 2020). "'All In: The Fight For Democracy' review: lifting the lid on America's murky electoral past". NME. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
  11. ^ Crust, Kevin (September 16, 2020). "Review: Chin up, voters. Stacey Abrams and democracy are on your side". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2023.