Bowling for Columbine

Lists: Documentary

Brief Synopsis: "Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? Talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is a journey through America, through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence."

Overall Ranking: 672 (Rank from 2002: # 13)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97(full review)
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Bryan Lienesch50 - Like most half-cooked documentaries, 'Bowling For Columbine' fills in holes with assumptions more often than with facts and poses more questions that it answers.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • Michael Moore (Himself)
  • George Bush (Himself)
  • George W. Bush (Himself)
  • Dick Clark (Himself)
  • Charlton Heston (Himself - NRA President)
  • Michael Moore (Director)