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The Brainwashing of My Dad

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Jen Senko

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About the Movie

Right-wing cable news and "conservative" talk radio attract older Americans like graying moths to an angry flame. But why would someone who was either apolitical or a Democrat in younger days become addicted to conservative talk shows in their twilight years? Filmmaker Jen Senko wondered how her WWII veteran and Kennedy Democrat father had been transformed into a Fox News fanatic, suddenly and inexplicably railing against blacks, gays, and poor people. Using her dad as an entertaining example, Senko pulls back the curtain to expose the tools and tricks of the wizards behind the right-wing media revolution. And in discovering what happened to him, Senko reveals the all-too-chilling bigger picture of what’s happening behind-the-scenes to influence our national discourse.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Right-wing outlets may be exploiting humanity's ugly side, but Ms. Senko's frail-looking father (who died in January at 93) isn't so much the face of the phenomenon as he is a small and not especially representative sample of it. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Mar 18, 2016

Fresh: Although Senko ultimately overplays Hillary Clinton's "vast right-wing conspiracy" card, her film, with its timely "Trumpian" reverberations, nevertheless serves up some compelling food for thought. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 18, 2016

Rotten: By the time quotes from Joseph Goebbels are used to explain Fox's methods, The Brainwashing of My Dad has resorted to the tactics of its targets ... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Mar 15, 2016

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Customer Reviews

A thoughtful documentary

A very thoughtful documentary that tackles an important subject: the effect of right-wing media on the individual psyche. Although some assertions could have been more documented, the documentary interviews several experts, including people involved in the right-wing media.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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