Susan Chumsky
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Noam Chomsky
director
Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

While his revolutionary linguistic theories may confound us laypeople, when it comes to his political views, MIT professor Noam Chomsky knows how to deliver sound bites with teeth. The same can be said of Manufacturing Consent, a surprisingly fast-paced three-hour movie, which captures Chomsky’s anarchist spirit with montages, pungent irony, and plenty of pronouncements from the bad boy of banter himself. Clearly approving of its subject, the film lets detractors weigh in but implies that those disagreeing with Chomsky have a vested interest in bolstering the heinous corporate establishment — a posture as maddening as Chomsky himself. B+

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