Roundup of Reviews for “The Undefeated” Part II: Updated: More Reviews Added; Update II: Sneak-Peek of “The Undefeated” Added

Whitney provided an earlier roundup of reviews for the Stephen Bannon movie, The Undefeated, here. Here are a few more:


Michael Falcone at ABC News:

The film’s re-telling of her accomplishments as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska portrays her as a courageous and unconventional figure willing to take on the political establishment — even in those early years. Palin is shown battling oil industry CEO’s as governor — forcing them to open up new areas of the state to drilling. She eschews the “smoke filled rooms” of deal-making and comes across as a fighter for the people.

“Very much like a Marine, Sarah Palin tends to run toward the danger,” talk radio host Tammy Bruce says in the movie.

In the film, Stapleton blames her eventual resignation as governor on the use of “Saul Alinsky tactics” on the part of her opponents — a reference to the liberal community organizer who wrote the book “Rules for Radicals.”

Bannon said he came away from the movie-making process with the sense that Sarah Palin was as smart and savvy as the best politicians. As he put it, Bannon wanted the film to “drive a stake in the heart of Caribou Barbie.”

“You can’t understand the meaning of Sarah Palin unless you understand the stewardship of Governor Palin,” he added.

Shushannah Walshe at the Daily Beast:

The director said he doesn’t know whether Palin will run for president but that he would back her if she does throw her hat in the ring: “I certainly think she would add a tremendous voice in the Republican primary… I think it would be terrific.”

The final section of the documentary is introduced with the caption “From here, I can see November.” This hint is the latest of several Palin has been giving that she will indeed jump into the 2012 race. After clearly enjoying being back on the trail this week and being urged on by supporters, staffers, and now this film, it’s hard to see how The Undefeated doesn’t give Palin just one more reason she should enter the race.

Kerry Pickett of the Washington Times:

The movie puts under a microscope Palin’s rise through GOP party ranks in Alaska from her time as mayor of Wasilla to becoming a whistle blower against her own party when she served as Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairwoman. The bio-pic’s theme shows that for every victory or defeat Palin faces, she continues to battle forward regardless of the obstacles or adversity she continues to face.

Her success as Wasilla’s mayor certainly brought about fans who liked her plans that built needed infrastructure but critics also attacked her and called her a spice girl, a cheerleader, or a Nordstrom girl. However, the movie explains her popularity, nonetheless, was more than enough to take her to a landslide victory into the governor’s mansion.

Here, “Undfeated” goes into detail over watermark legislation Governor Palin took on and lays out the battle over Alaska’s fight with Exxon Mobil in a fashion that has never been done before for the general public to consume.

Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard:

Palin was fearless in challenging the cozy network of Republican and Democratic politicians and energy lobbyists. She upset GOP governor Frank Murkowski when he sought a second term in 2006, then defeated Democrat Tony Knowles in the general election, despite an anti-Republican tide across the nation.

As governor, she was enormously popular, with a job approval rating above 80 percent. No politician in the country had higher approval or a better reputation for ethical conduct. The film insists her resignation as governor in 2009 was forced by a wave of phony ethics charges that made it impossible to govern effectively.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis at Bloomberg:

The film challenges elected Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, pictured as Breitbart speaks of “eunuchs who have run as men but aren’t men” for allowing Palin to be criticized.

“To hell with the establishment, because the establishment has put us in this position in the first place,” Breitbart says near the end of the film. “America now has an alternative, and Sarah Palin is that alternative.”

Palin’s aides didn’t respond to a request for comment on the film, though she gave it two thumbs up in a May 31 interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, which employs the former governor as a commentator.

“It blew me away,” Palin told Van Susteren.


“You have to see the film,” Bannon says. “It’s about some of the values she stands for. The American working class, these things of self-reliance and self-determination. That’s really ‘the undefeated.’ ”

And Bannon put up $1 million to produce the film. “I made a bet at the beginning of this that the American people are not just a fair people, they’re an open-minded people. If they see this film, I believe they’ll see Gov. Palin in a very different light.”

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Update: A few more reviews…

John Nolte at Big Hollywood:

What an indictment of the mainstream media that in order to present to the public the missing pieces of a major political figure’s governing record, an independent filmmaker has to drop a cool million of his own dollars.  While our corrupt journalist-class is (at this very moment) out trashing Governor Palin’s children, blaming her for their own acts of public urination and proving they know nothing about Paul Revere (or Google), writer/director Steve Bannon is putting the final touches on “The Undefeated” (this is a review of a rough cut), a feature-length documentary that does the MSM’s job for them — tells the intentionally ignored and buried stories of Sarah Palin’s two decades as an unconventional but very effective public official. Unless you’ve read the Governor’s autobiography “Going Rogue,” anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty will find it impossible to sit through this film and not ask themselves, “Why haven’t I been told this?”


Will “The Undefeated” change minds? I think it will, especially among open-minded Independents who have yet to be introduced to “this” Sarah Palin. Thankfully, due to New Media and a filmmaker willing to put a million of his own dollars where his mouth is, we can now get the truth out there using our own Bus Tour — our own message-delivery device that works around the GOP eunuchs and corrupted MSM.

With any luck, the season of watching the insufferable choke on a hockey mom’s exhaust has only begun.

Patrick O’Connor at the Wall Street Journal:

The director said he was drawn to Ms. Palin as a subject because she tackles big things, such as giving Alaskans a greater say in how oil and gas are pumped and shipped from the state. Mr. Bannon said her resume in two-and-a-half years as governor stacks up favorably against any governor, from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

“She plays for the big stakes,” he said. “She’s got a sword out cutting Gordian knot after Gordian knot.”

Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller:

Don’t look now — but I’m noticing a lot of mainstream writers who are praising the new film about Sarah Palin. (Or — at least — they are willing to write complimentary things about it.)

Rita Cosby discusses the film on radio as guest host of the Steve Malzberg Show here.

Update II: (h/t steebo77) Via the Daily Caller, a small snippet from The Undefeated follows:

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