September 16th, 2009
01:22 AM ET

Michael Moore: I may pack it in

Michael Moore's new documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story", may be his last.  Or so he's hinting.

At the American premiere of the film in Beverly Hills Tuesday night, I asked Moore about an interview he gave suggesting he might not make any more documentaries, but concentrate on feature films instead.    He hedged on that with me:

"You'll see in the end of the film I throw a challenge out to the audience and I'm asking my fellow Americans to join with me to be involved in our democracy.  But if people are just going to sit on the bench and just watch everything happen and wait for a Michael Moore or somebody else to do it, I'm not gonna do that anymore.  So it's really going to be up to the audience whether I make any more of these documentaries."

So there you have it, America.  Will Michael Moore make any more documentaries?  It's up to you.


soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Jake

    Michael Moore has been replaced by Steven Slater; ex-flight attendant.

    October 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Timothy Smith

    It's all a ruse. I want neither Mr. Moore nor Mr. Limbaugh ruling the roost in social commentary. Socialism and Capitalism is the same thing if only the elite few are the only ones who come out on top. They are the same thing when there is only a slave class/race and a master class/race. The only difference is that with this brand of capitalism, we are mocked into believing that if we work hard and keep our mouths shut, we may be able to own a few slaves ourselves. We mostly die broken, bitter, and full of envy.
    Love works in any system and no system work without it. We should battle the putrid issues of our own hearts and parasites like Limbaugh and Michael Moore will die without a shot being fired.

    October 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pl672

    Hopefully this guy will pack his bag and move out of the USA. He should move to some communist country since he embraces their belief system. What a hypocrite! He should be showing his film for free if he hates capitalism.

    October 6, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. ej

    Why in the world do Americans complain about giving money to support capitalism, corporate greed, Wall St., etc and then do the very thing with Michael Moore and every other entertainment type? Those who do this make no sense to me. They will give up their hard earned money to pay ridiculous prices to see or hear limited so called talent and then sit around and complain about their money situation. That is one thing that other people like me are tired of.

    This double standard of nonsense that we readily hand out to "Hollywood" entertainment types who greedily take it and then blow it up their nose or anywhere else. Are we all happy that we gave Whitney Houston money to fly to Paris or wherever she and her druggie husband wanted for a day or two and then lay around in a drugged stupor? Well, we did everytime we bought a ticket to her movies or money for CD's. And guess what liberals/Dems? She was involved with capitalism when she did it. Where do you think all the music, movie, TV, sports, etc. money comes from? Capitalism, Wall Street, corporate greed, but you never hear those entertainment types complaining about taking our money when it comes to that.

    Check out the ticket prices for Madonna, Springsteen, Janet, etc, etc, etc, Feel the love, folks. It sure is OK to sleep with the devil when the pay is good. Feel the love, then. Let me see, Michael Moore makes a movie about capitalism and people who complain about capitalism rush to a theatre to spend their hard earned money that they hate to give up to a man who takes it and plenty more for speaking engagements and that is not the same as giving money to bail out other corporations. Will Ferrell makes a spoof on the wealth of insurance companies and healthcare corps, but he makes around $ 30 million for his so called talent. Our stupidity reigns. No wonder Nikita Kruschev proclaimed that he and communists would take over this country without a single shot. Keep following those wonderful entertainment examples. They don't mind paying higher taxes because they know that no matter how difficult our economy is we will continue to hand the money out to them for "entertainment" while screaming about recession. And, they will gladly take it, spend it, smoke it, dope it, sex it, and shake the hand of the big entertainment/sports corporation who will give it to them. Not all of them are that extreme, thank God, but the majority of them love to tell everyone else how to live as though they have the right. I guess they think they do since we give our money without question. I pray everyday for logic to return again.

    September 25, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vincent Clark

    I used to despise Michael Moore with a passion, I like to think that I was narrow minded and full of myself when I thought that. The revised me feels that he is truley one of the greatest Americans of our generation.

    This quote reminded me of a Roger Waters concert.

    “You’ll see in the end of the film I throw a challenge out to the audience and I’m asking my fellow Americans to join with me to be involved in our democracy. But if people are just going to sit on the bench and just watch everything happen..."

    Towards the end of the show they brought out the pig with all the writing on it, floated around the audiance. There jeers of disgust made me think that revolution was upon us. When the music was over everyone got into a semi ordered line and left as if they saw nothing. This must be very difficult for artist who raise a message to cheering crowds that do nothing.

    I hear what Moore is saying, I will do my best to follow his lead.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Debra

    Beck...that would be Glenn Beck a political commentator who thankfully keeps outting American Haters like Moore and Vann Jones.

    Feel sorry for you Canadians if the Michael "Liar" Moore moves. We can only hope he is telling the truth for once. Your loss is USA's gain

    September 17, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Suzie

    MM says things from the heart that many do not have the courage to say. Yes, his presentation is different than others. Being in front of the camera at times does not make him more biased or one-sided than other doc filmmakers. The news and docs all do the same thing to show their truth, only it is carefully planned behind the camera. What is ONE-sided anyway? There is no such thing as one or two sides as the multiplicity of life is always revealed in this big world(s). ALL our voices count for change – more than just one or two sides to make up the whole. Where are our voices, people? Why are we not using our voices and talents for positivity and how do we give back to the world with our empty name-calling projections? A fave quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world" Gandhi

    September 17, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shane McGuire

    Michael More. Hmm Should he continue to tell HIS truths?

    I submit Bowling for Columbine.

    His agenda is the continued systematic removal of our Second Amendment, and YOUR right to defend yourself with deadly force if necessary.

    I work for Department of Homeland Security as an Armed Security Officer. Our operations are under close observation and supervision by both Federal Protective Service, and US Customs.

    I can tell you what mose of the folks in all of the Departments say about Gun Control.

    It does nothing except create criminals where there were none before, and takes away the ability of the common Law Abiding Citizen(s) to defend themselves if necessay. Does the common public need an Assault Rifle? No! But the definition of an Assault Rifle is a fully automatic weapon, (IE: Machine Gun).

    And... this is the point that the Gun Control Advocates don't seem to get. Michael Moron included. The Drug Dealers and other Bad Guys are still going to get them through ILLEGAL METHODS anyway.

    Case and point: Oakland, CA!

    Nuff Said!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Barry O

    Back in the day Michael Moore would have been called a 'Muckraker'. I put him in the same catagory as Perez Hilton and now Kanye West. Looking for attention and damn anyone else. His beina a out of control bag of fat does not make anyone take him seriously. Get your own house in order M.M.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ashley

    We can but hope

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    I have never been a fan of Michael Moore or his movies. However if they weren't controversial no one would watch them, that is probably more the point than anything actually shown or said in any of them. I'd say the real reason he is stopping making them is that he is as sick of them was the rest of us. So Capitalism is evil? But he is returning to mainstream feature films – to not make money? He makes the movies because they make him money, give him power, get him in all the right money ladden circles.
    Capitalism may not be perfect, but's far better than any other economic system devised, and Michael Moore seems pretty good at it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JBS

    Micheal Moore's work treads the thin line that exists between exaggerated truth and lies. He exaggerates most of his facts to prove his "point" so that he can get the attention and shock value. I know this from personal experience and research of the subjects that he has portrayed, specifically his "Bowling for Columbine" work. None of us would less informed of whats "Really" going on if he fell of the face of the planet.

    Do your own research not based on sensationalism or profit.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vicki Perry

    The good thing, history will be kind to the Docs and to him.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lou Lou

    I hope he goes far far away. He is not about telling the real facts just what looks good for his slanted stories. Who needs more one sided truths?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amanda New York City

    He should make one about me.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Faye from Nevada

    Michael Moore has truly done such fine, well researched, documentaries that we should all be very grateful for his work. He doesn't just rattle stuff off, like some of our elected polititians, but actually provides us the facts and figures, which are always reliable and correct. Check them out (he always provides solid sources to check) and sure enough he is correct. Unfortunately, there are those unwilling to see or hear the truth, which is what holds our country back from making true changes and progress. Thank you, Michael Moore, for being the true American that you are and doing your best, regardless of those who refuse to see or hear the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sandra

    I have no problem with Michael coming to Canada. Without people like Michael, who would keep the people truly informed about what really goes on in our world?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Truly informed? Apparently Sandra is unaware of how Michael Moore distorts the facts for his own ends. He has the analytical capabilities of a 14 year old. The fact that he has become a millionaire in the process just shows you how ineffective the educational system in the U.S. is.

      October 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. J.P.

    To All of You Who... Apparently Know It ALL!
    – Get over Yourselves
    – Our Nation is not storybook like WE all fantasize
    – Corruption and Greed, UNFORTUNATELY are the name of our game and you're to proud to admit it.
    – I fight for our country and I am very thankful for Mr. Moore's work.
    – OHHHHHHH SOCIALISM..... AHHHHHHHH GROW UP!
    – Continue to make excuses about fabricated information, That is what has gotten us in this mess in the first place. FACE THE FACTS!!!!
    – Most people will only believe what they want from who they want to hear it from and anyone that doesn't conform is just not right.... (Yeah those people have faired well throughout the History books ... or did they???)

    September 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. phillygal

    hmm, I prefer watching documentaries that try to be fair and show all sides of a situation. There's a certain point that he's already crossed, where a person can be so biased that it destroys their credibility. I wouldn't lose sleep if Moore stopped directing. It's important to have people who raise awareness about issues, but his outlandish representations hurt his causes. (Ex: think crazy evangelical christians, who believe that everyone except them is going to hell, and who try to help save you by yelling at you that you're going to hell. This behavior hurts the cause of 'normal' evangelical christians who are actually interested in helping other people, and thus, christians in general can get a bad rep).

    September 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  20. thorpie

    Why does Michael Moore hate America so much ?

    If this was a Socialist state which he so much desires, when his plant in Flint closed down, instead of creating a new carreer as a filmmaker (and "rising above his station") he would be assigned a new position working 40+ hours a week building roads, or buildings, or something . He DEFINATELY would NOT be making millions of dollars.

    Michael Moore truely hates America. And he should thank his lucky stars he lives in America. In Cuba, which he loves so much, as seen in "sicko" if he made any of his movies there, he would have either vanished, or simply shot in the street.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JANICE

    I think we need these documetaries. It really make us think about what is really going on out there. You don't have to believe in his point of view, it just makes you think and make your own judgement. They reveal a lot of info that you wouldn't have thought about unless you actually watched his film. I think that people that don't like them. Just don't want to know what could be the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. inforodeo

    i am amazed at how many people still consider Moore a legitimate source of social/political information! he fabricates large portions of his "documentaries", and the only reason they're popular is they superficially seem to legitimize the faulty and arrogant thinking of one part of America. those who think of Moore as anything more than "entertainment" tend to be those who also get their news from comedy shows and individual entertainers, rather than seeking to uncover the truth by their own research.
    in this regard, perhaps Moore is right in his assessment of his viewers being those who "sit on a bench and wait for someone else to do it".

    September 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. PB&J

    We love Michael Moore. He was the only one who had the cajones to show GW as the war criminal that he is.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Gary

    Michael, please go away.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The Odore

    The fact that one small news excerpt would bring about this kind of response is sad. How many facts do you all check when you read something from a like-minded individual? Seriously. This is the problem with this country. There is nothing united about these states. Nothing. We all squabble and spew without any concept of irony. We claim to be a great nation, but all we do is insult each other. I don't blame Michael Moore if he stops his attempts to shed light on subjects the media won't. Hell, even CNN is owned by a company. We're all victims, I just wonder how many of us are actually innocent.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jon

    It's quite apparent that many folks have absolutely no idea what a documentary is. Documentaries are stories shaped from actual footage, interviews, and research. Stories. The bottom line is always to form a cohesive story. Doc filmmakers generally have thousands of hours of footage to root through at the conclusion of filming, and the editing process is really where the story is formed. This means that no traditional documentary you see hasn't been edited, rearranged, and enhanced for story. Some of the most famous have, admittedly, used speculative recreations without notating them as such. Regardless of this fact, I challenge anyone to name a popular feature documentary that is wholly non-partisan. There is always a reason a filmmaker sets out to make a documentary, whether it is to tell a specific story, or to communicate a point of their interest. Whether they pander to the other side of their argument or not, each is decidedly pushing at least some "agenda." Granted, Michael Moore has been accused of wicked filmmaking ways more than anyone else (with the acception of one of the greatest popular doc filmmakers, Werner Herzog), but this is primarily because the man continues to make some of the most successful and widely seen docs ever. Whether his detractors want to admit it or not, Moore is more honest about his tactics than most filmmakers. The fact that a majority of his most highly contested stretches are used for the sake of humor, reveals a postmodern attempt to grab the audience, involve them, and make sure they're listening. Documentary is generally designed to be taken on the meta, the overall. That doesn't forgive outright slander, of course. But, believe it or not, the courts are fairly competent at prosecuting charges of slander, despite celebrity or status. Moore hasn't been charged. The easy accusations aimed at him are generally due to the fact that he: a. challenges the status quo and a nation that is increasingly complacent; b. involves very high profile people and issues; c. is so damn successful at it.

    In the end, I think documentary film, and film in general, have social responsibilities, but if they want to communicate, they have to be entertaining. Love him or hate him, he has had a dramatic impact on documentary film. The incredible rise in interest (both from the public and the studios) in documentary over the past twenty years can largely be attributed to him.

    I don't care whether you follow his every word, or blatantly refuse to listen to or believe a word he says. You can't say he doesn't make documentaries. You can't say that he shouldn't take sides. You can't ask any documentary not to take sides. Whether they do it bluntly and honestly, or they slip it subtly into the (obviously, for some, unperceptive) mind, the biases are there. Don't watch if you don't want to. Argue the points if you're so inclined (this is largely the point of many docs, to encourage discussion and unrest). But don't demand boring neutrality in a genre that was created to defy it.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sarah

    I would like to see Michael Moore make a "documentary" (particularly one about the evils of capitalism) and any future feature films without ANY of the benefits of capitalism OR a free market.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  28. smuggy

    ...well some one has to put this up here, from the best rockumentary ever, Spinal Tap

    "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever"

    September 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kristi

    If this jerk was half as important as he thinks he is he would be more than just a muckraker and liar. Its amazing what kind of trash people in this country will watch and the kind of idiots they will immortalize.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sara

    I enjoy watching Michael Moore's movies and I hope he continues to make documentaries...I will definitely watch all of them.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Margaret

    Poor Michael, it's our fault he's not going to make any more 'mockumentaries'. Waah waah waah. He clearly admits with his statement that he made these films to advance an agenda, so if you don't agree with his agenda you are somehow responsible for his career path? If he's a true believer in his political leanings then why would he give up so easily. That penthouse must be pretty cushy, so maybe he's just gotten lazy and corrupted by his wealth. Probably made out pretty good with his Halliburton stock, too.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. celobrity

    I was at last night's screening. It was disturbing and moving and artfully executed. The film is non-partisan. In fact, it exposes some pretty scary behavior on the part of Democrats in Congress. I suggest people see the film and then decide whether or not what's depicted there is important. My eyes are certainly wider now...and I intend to answer the calling and step to serve our country via volunteerism and through increased participation in our governement.

    If nothing else, seeing the never-before-seen archival footage of FDR is worth the ticket price and time.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  33. TMS Shah

    I love how all the comments from the conservatives are so unsubstantive and hateful. So predictable. If you don't know what "unsubstantive" means, re-read your comment and note how it lacks specific examples in lieu of just carelessly slung insults. Zero credibility. Zero intellect.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Rantamouth

    Michael Moore is best when he keeps the tongue-in-cheek clearly visible in his mockumentaries.

    His expose films work best when they are taken as the humorous outrages that they are.

    I suppose it only fitting that he graduates to outright unabashed and undisguised comedy.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. BAtampa

    Years ago in college I took a marketing class (back in the early '80's). One day in class, we watched an episode of 60 Minutes – which was highly watched and highly regarded back then. The episode had aired on TV recently and was about a nuclear power plant and all the dangers, close-calls, etc. We took a survey after we watched responding to questions about how safe/dangerous we thought nuclear power plants were.

    The next time we went to class, we saw another video. The professor explained that when 60 Minutes was filming at the nuclear power plant, the plant had their own video crew follow the 60 Minutes crew around and tape EXACTLY what 60 minutes was filming (no add-ons, filmed at the exact same times). Then we took another survey.

    There was a night-and-day difference in what we saw the 2 days. Where one conversation was cut in the 60 Minutes version, we saw what was really said (the 60 Minutes anchor was still in the shot).

    Moral – No matter what you see on TV or in the movies or read in a book, it is colored by what the journalist edits out, how they interpret it, etc. They can title it a documentary, but someone still decided what you would see and hear and what you wouldn't.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Kelly

    Michael Moore is the biggest hypocrit out there. Fight propaganda with propaganda! Obviously he thinks we are too stupid to figure it out.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. LaLa

    I challenge any of you people who say his films aren't factual to prove it. Oh, that's right! All of your right wing conservitive wood brained buddies have already tried that and come up with nothing. Once again, you are mindless idiots who can't stand to hear truths.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mary Ward

    I agree with Denise...with apologies to Canada if that's where he ends up.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. LaLa

    I sat here thinking of all the things I wanted to say to defend Michael Moore and respond to all the ignorant comments above, and one thing just kept coming to mind. I can't stand you ignorant, right wing, Rush Limbaugh listening puppets. How bout YOU ALL go away to Canada?! Idiots.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. von snark

    The United States of Corporationerica is out of control and someone wanting to open people's eyes to the obscene dispartiy of wealth and reckless use of other people's investment monies is considered the enemy? Who are you guys? Defending huge corporations over hardworking Americans?

    You should be ashamed of being so programmed by Fox news, Wall Street Journal and Herr Limbaugh!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. smuggy

    That is a pretty good point about the so called news channels or journalist as they might be referred to, a domunetarian displays ones view of reality with a message, where as a journalist is obligated to tell the truth, not opinions.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dan

    Borat is as much a documentary as anything M.M. does.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dan

    Still don't understand how any of his films are called documentaries. Documentaries are suppose to be factual and objective.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Roberta

    Michael. YES!!! Please pack it in! Your mostly inaccurate, self-righteous stuff is a chore to watch.

    Calling his films 'documentaries' is an insult to all other directors whose films are far more objective than Moore's. I'd love to see him make a feature film.......One can't pass fiction over as truth in feature films.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jimmy Revolution

    You know, it may be one sided, but so are all of the damn "news" networks. Universal healthcare should have been implemented 20 years ago. The US is going to continue to fail if it is not implemented. The economy will never get better. Fix healthcare, and the economy will heal itself. DUH

    September 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Kurt in Ca

    I like factual documentaries, which is why I hope Moore continues making them. You have the right leaning freaks making up lies and propoganda in their films to promote their agenda. We need some truth in film to balance their outright lies. And thus far, Moore has been just the person to do it.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Arthur, @ Huntsville, Texas

    From the best country in the world to the worst, morally, financially, politically, racially, America has fallen, and fallen very sadly. The standards in the country has come to so low limits that you can actually compare it with some of the banana republics of the world. Something has certainly gone wrong. Introspection is what is needed, and nerds like Moore provide that to some extent. What surprises me is the self denial of a large swath of our countrymen. 45 million people without health insurance. 15 million unemployed. 2 million homes foreclosed. Torture. Lies. Deception.The laundry list is long. And we are still the best in the world? Who are you kidding! Wake up folks! Something is seriousely wrong somwhere. Unless we do something about it, Reagan's words would be prophetic on us as we....:would be reduced to the dust bin of history as the richest nation that frittered it away." Hope not! But Arise fellow countrymen!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. smuggy

    ..."Farenheit 9/11 – caused such a backlash that Bush was voted in for four more years."

    ... bit of a stretch. I will stretch too and say W got relected thanks to turd blossom's anti gay marrage campaign, same thing that got him elected goveneror in texas, same campaign with the same turd blossom.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  49. kaleto

    So Moore is blaming his audience for not getting more politically involved after watching the lies put forth in Farenheit 9/11 and Sicko. Big deal.
    This joker is a commie. Always has been, always will be. His problem is squandered the perception he stood up for the little guy and morphed into promoting his own political agenda. That's fine, but it means half the country will boycott your movie, dummy!
    BTW, if his movies are classified as "documentaries" then Sasha Cohen's should be, too!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ed

    Thank God! You will not be missed, Michael Moore.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Steve

    I think Moore's joie de vivre disappeared after his chance to run Bush out of office – Farenheit 9/11 – caused such a backlash that Bush was voted in for four more years.

    I think Michael Moore doesn't need to retire, but rather just take a few years off from filming and reevaluate what's important.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dave in Texas

    I'm surprised CNN allowed all these negative comments. CNN and Michael Moore and their left wing agenda go hand-in-hand...

    September 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. JW

    Ya go on and hate Moore, but the guy has 2 of the top 3 documentaries of all time. You idiots call him a looser but he is out there calling attention to what he considers just causes while you "whine" about him on the internet.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tom

    Mr. Moore, your output is meaningless. I don't want you to stop making your movies however, since it exposes how little you regard the truth, let alone those who differ in opinion from you. Without question, you are entitled to your opinions; the country you evidently despise so much provides you with that freedom. Plus, you make a sweet buck off of all us stupid commoners, right? Doesn't it just gall you to no end being such a capitalist, Mike?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  55. trey

    Thank god, he is a disgusting fat piece of work.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jack Fids

    DOCUMENTARY...a DOCUMENTATION of facts AND perceptions of the producer in the visual media. MM DOES make documentaries, to indicate otherwise is either a lie of commission or a statement based on ignorance. In Roger & Me, he accurately predicts where America will be in the future and that future is NOW our present, was he wrong? Bush & Clinton allowed 20 million Mexiacans to enter our country and GWBush FAILED to see that 20 mill would take those jobs that American needed, so did Georgie-boy do anything patriotic about expelling them NO! He pander to big business who demanded cheaper laborers and allowed cities like Aurora IL to become cities where ALL of the signage in stores is in SPANISH because there are No english speaking people left in Aurora! Michael oore's ability to put his perspective on film and in front of mass audiences is only a thorn in the saddles of those wanna-be's who are intellectually unable to muster the same skills as he has and it eats them alive with envy, at his ability AND his profits plain and simple. They WISH they had a MM in their corner but alas Rush is too drug addled & his audience too poor and lazy to ever see him produce anything close to that which MM does with such ease and frequency...conservatives just don't have a horse capable of running in a race with MM and it is a continual source of embarrassment to them...period.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Al

    Michael Moore is polemic. He argues a specific point of view.

    However, his documentaries are far more factually correct than most polemics especially conservative ones.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Rory

    None of Moore's films can even be considered documentaries. A doc takes an "impartial" view on real-life circumstances. His films are so one-sided, jaded (and often faked). Please, Moore, hang it up. Consider making features, since most of your work is fictional anyways.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Suzie M.

    Yes, there is a God!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Nick

    This guy is full of crap. He has a net worth of over $50 million yet our system is broken? It seems that the only thing broken is that a no talent spin master can accumulate $50 million in net worth.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dave Fisher

    He certainly can't do fiction. He better stick to documentaries.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Chris

    Stop makeing Documentaries? DOCUMENTARIES?!?
    He doesn't make 'Documentaries'; He makes 'propaganda films'.

    He spins facts (or makes them up) to fit his viewpoint, then puts them to film under the guise of being a 'Documentary'. Give the devil his due, He does a good job, but call it what it is: PROPAGANDA.

    The sooner he stops, the better.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Dann

    Documentarians we need; propagandists we have never needed.

    Bear in mind, this is the guy who quit Mother Jones magazine because he found the work environment too conservative; and referred to the victims of 9-11 as "middle-class wimps."

    He does his causes more harm than good.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Amanda

    I would've thought with the election of Obama, Moore would be happy. Is he saying that if we don't pass this bill on health care (Sicko), that he's going to take his ball and go home? How are we to get "involved?" He's the activist film-maker. He's so opinionated that I don't think he can quit what he does. No, I think we'll see many more scenes of Michael Moore in the lobby of a corporation with his requests to sue, interview, challenge CEOs for decades to come. While I don't agree with a lot of what he says, I'm glad someone is bold enough (and maybe crazy enough) to challenge those people.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Charles

    Oh, God! I hope he stops making his "documentaries." He makes propaganda for his views, stages "real" events and hires actors for scripted scenes. He sues anyone that tries to peel back the curtain on his own life and is far from being the "man of the people" he tries to present. The only time he has the ballcap & unshaven slob look is when he knows cameras are going to be around. Ask him about his penthouse apartment in Manhatten sometime, or the private jets he uses. He has a lot of valid points in his films, but can't present a balanced viewpoint to save his life. He isn't a documentary filmmaker....he's a fake, socialist propagandist.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Margaret

    Since when did he start making documentaries anyway??
    Maybe he could do one on the obesity epidemic in this country, but of
    course he'd be going after his own shortcomings.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Marc

    Michael Moore, done with documentaries. America, long ago done caring about what Michael Moore does.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Karen

    I personally can't stand Michael Moore because it's slanted. It's not complete truth, so therefore is not a documentary. However, everyone has a right to their opinion. And that means everyone. I was interested when I read one comment that stated:

    "it is pretty obvious that those who disagree with any small thing from a Moore film find reason to blast away with words like “socialist” and other various insults. We have become a people driven by mob mentality. People simply refuse to think independently."

    Just because people don't agree with one particular opinion doesn't make them sheep, nor does it make them sheep if it happens to be the overall opinion of these comments. That is ridiculous and closed minded. Michael has the right to make these films, even if I think they're crap, and anyone has a right to give any opinion on it. I certainly don't think people who enjoy them are less intelligent then me, so why would I be lumped as some robot who can't think for myself because I don't enjoy them? Something else to think about.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Blake

    Michael Moore represents the downfall of America he is everything that is wrong with this country today. His films pander to unintelligent people who have recieved half an education from whacked-out liberal universities. They think that because they have some fake degree that makes them smart and critical thinkers but it doesn't. They are so used to just blindly believing whatever they're told that as soon as someone presents any evidence (be it right, wrong or flat out lies) they think the person is a genius and believe it and act like the evidence proves the case without even critically analyzing any of it. If Michael Moore really believes the crap he claims why does he have to selectively edit his "documentaries" to hide anything that counters what he believes in. If he was somehow actually forced to reveal the stuff he edits out of his films not a single person would buy the bull he's trying to sell.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Bill

    Michael Moore,

    Please feel free to quit pointing out the problems of the US in a completely biased opinion. If you could be any further to the left you would be a Socialist– oh wait that is what you want - for the people of the United States to pay for people who don't work or complain about its systems. Oh, and the worst part you offer no solutions - you just ridicule those who are in power. I was once told " don't talk to me about problems unless you have a solution" Mikey– quit whining –if you do make another documentary I hope you have any kind of solution. I am sure based on your past though you will continue to mock, deceive and twist facts that to me but you in the ranks of Leni Riefenstahl.

    I agree with an earlier comment that Canada would be a nice place for you to go.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  71. smuggy

    I get so tired of the S word, its so old, in historical terms I mean. It does not apply to the world today, was pretty stupid back in the cold war Mcarthyism Red Scare days, just plain nonsence now, as if its only used for slander and hate, always has been. Russia is a good example of what I am getting at, they are not a socialist country anymore, in fact they can used as the worst case example of capitalism. China is about the worst example of socialism, but also a good example of a country going thru some changes. Its a changing world, people need to evolve with it. Other wise you might as well throw out your computer and get yourself a nice typewriter.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Nancy

    Michael Moore does not make documentaries and never did. They are movies that are entertaining and present his slant on whatever topic he is interested. His films juxtaposes ideas that in reality are often unrelated to make his particular point of view. People who like his films share his ideology. He is not the saviour of the nation but he is a film maker with his own agenda, like all film makers. If you agree, great if you don't, fine too. America can survive without him.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Rob

    Since he never made a documentary, why would he stop now?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  74. theuniverse

    isn't his criticism about captalism being evil imply that he himself is evil for employing it and becoming rich in the process.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Rich

    Gee a film about the evils of capitalism that premieres in Beverly Hills.
    Give me a break but hey the director has a Parl Ave. condo in New York and sends his kids to exclusive private schools. I wish I could have some of that capitalist evil.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dru

    Hasn't he been making feature films this entire time? I mean, I enjoy MM's movies, but Lord knows that they're not documentaries.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  77. rankandfile

    I would appreciate his work if there weren't so many factual errors and misleading dialogue. I research a lot and have found little in his "movies" to be truthful, and they are always full of propaganda for the left. But now there's so much fodder for his type of movies, and he's not doing it any more? Where is the documentary on ACORN and its scandals? What about the corruption in Washington (all parties!)? Why won't he investigate something that could actually help the American public, instead of his destruction of society. Where is all the TARP money going? What about the transparency this President promised? Everything is opaque and we can see nothing. Why doesn't he report about that - isn't he upset that ACORN is assisting and encouraging criminal behavior? Where is his outrage????

    September 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  78. MMore

    Mr. Moore is the quintisential hypocrite. Making a movie lambasting capitalism while raking in the money at the box office. His film-making career is a classic case of taking an extreme position on a topic to draw attention for his self-benefit. Now, if he is giving 70% of his revenue away like he would in the other countries that he seems to be more fond of, then I will stand corrected. However, I don't think this is the case whatsoever.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Mary Ann

    We can only pray that it's true.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Wayne

    Michael Moore makes social documentaries that enlighten open minds and angers closed minds. He makes these films to motivate people and, from the posts here, it has worked. As long as there are subjects that can rile people, then Moore will continue aggrivating society. Maybe one day he will inspire real mass social action from one of his films. Until then, the reactions to him and his films provide additional entertainment.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Zack

    Funny, if you didn't know better and all you read were the words themselves, all the people bashing Moore could just as easily be talking about Limbaugh, O'Reilly, or Hannity. Perfect example of hypocrisy.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Kym

    Thank God! He makes me sick, and I'm not even a conservative/ republican. There is a special place in hell for Michael Moore, right next to the christian guy who runs the 700 club and OJ Simpson.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Celeste

    We can only hope he'll drop off the face of the earth.....

    September 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Becke B

    I have nothing but great respect for Michael and hope he continues making his much needed documentaries. That said, it would be interesting for him to make a "side by side" with someone Right leaning. i.e. take the same material and show 2 interpretations.
    Michael spoke directly to my 14 year old daughter in 2004 and apologized to her for her generation having to pay for the cost of the war on terrorism. She and i will never forget it.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Scott

    Done with them. When was the last time he made a Documentary?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Sandy

    I hope he steps out of the public eye completely. I'm sick of looking at his fat, ugly self and his leftist rants.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Lisa

    I don't know that everybody here really knows what role it is that a documentary is supposed to play. :-/ The documentary genre is not supposed to be entirely objective & void of opinion. It's not investigative journalism per se. The genre is meant to be life, in the real, and it's meant to be an exploration of whatever subject the director wants it to be. There's nothing anywhere that says the director is charged with portraying an objective story. He CAN squeeze in his agenda as much as he wants. So long as it's depicted through a real-life exploration. So I say, if you disagree with him and feel there's real-life out there to refute it, make you own documentary. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Liberal in Boulder

    Dear Mr. Moore:

    No. Please don't give up making documentaries!

    I finally watched Fahrenheit 9-11 last night. Have we learned our lessons? Maybe documentaries such as yours are slowing waking the American people up.

    But even though we have come a long way since 2000–electing an African American for our President among other things–we are still in the grasp of big business and Wall Street. We are still controlled by corporations. We still have racism alive and well. We still don't have universal health care. Although the minority in Congress, the Republicans still have too much power.

    We still need Michael Moore to shed light on our national pathologies!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Jau Poon

    Im a libertarian and as far as mainstream political issues i lean a little bit both ways. Moore is a talented filmmaker even if Fahrenheit 911 is slanted and truth is stretched. He shouldnt just criticize republicans though, theres problems with both left and right. I'll still see his new film though, it looks interesting.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. chris

    Michael Moore is a fat toad who should get his @$$ kicked. Why doesn't he do a documentary how Obama has raised taxes on everyone and has tripled our national debt and how he is turning America into the newest Communist country.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Patricia

    The reason all these people don't like Michael Moore's films is that they live by the new Golden Rule: Don't do anything that would require you to get up off your sofa and actually contribute time and energy to solve the problems that all of humanity is facing. The big problem with Michael Moore is that he shows real people who tell the truth, and exposes the big lies and the lying liars who tell them. And Moore is right, now that the super-greedy, the super-corrupt, and the super-self-righteous are getting vocal about their fantasies of an America built on fear, greed and self-arrogance, so it's time for the vast majority of Americans who recognize truth when they see it and hear it, and who don't need greed for $$$$ to motivate them, to pick up the torch and shine our light where it needs to focus now–on the mistaken idea that Americans really want to sacrifice the welfare of our country and our loved ones for the profits of a few.

    People talk about our government as if it's some group of aliens that was imposed on us, but it is us, by us, and for us, and we can accomplish what needs to get done, and we can accomplish it now, by exposing corruption and falsehood and demanding that they end, now. If you want a public health option, or safe food and safe clean water, or to stop speculation from driving up the cost of all forms of energy, get the facts together and make yourself heard. Truth will always out, so what are we waiting for? This is our country and we can make it a country of honesty, integrity, compassion and joy. If Michael Moore can find the truth, so can any one of us.

    GOYA!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. John A. Miller

    First of all Micheal Moore has never made a real documentery. What he makes is more in line with a something that is filmed to look like a documentery but is more like Spinal Tap. I also believe he is worse then the people on the right who a lot of people say are just as hateful like Rush and Beck. Rush and Beck are at least pro-American where Moore is an anti American who makes fun of average Americans daily lives while he is living in his penthouse apartment making money off said average Americans. Again he can do it but I am going to call him on it and hope others see him for what he really is. Just for the fact that he compared the NRA with the KKK is enough to justify hating his guts.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Jen

    Michael More is a over-hyped propagandist. I have taken his 'documentaries' with a grain of salt since the time I first saw 'Roger and Me'. As a native of Flint MI, I can guarantee that the 'facts' he uses in his films are stretched truths, at best.

    Here's hoping the man quits his day job. He's as guilty of political extremism as Rush Limbaugh.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  94. MikeeH

    Yeah, Michael Moore is honest and exposing what's wrin in America... NOT. I'll believe those of you who believe in his crap as soon as he does a "documentary" exposing ACORN.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Joe Milner

    Wow finally a movie about the evils of capitalism and greedy people. I can't wait to go since it is free to get it to see it.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jim

    Mr. Moore’s “Documentaries” are little more than vehicles to push his own agenda. Sadly what you see is not always the truth. GM invited him to meet With Roger Smith and they actually do meet in Mr. Smith’s office, not at a share holders meeting, as Mr. Moore claims. Mr. Moore does not include this footage in his film. Why? He uses simple Audio and video editing tricks s to play on people’s emotions. His entire film Fahrenheit 9/11 is one big logical fallacy: Appeal to emotions.
    In the end Mr. Moore is no better than anyone he attacks in his films and in some cases, he is much worse. If he quits it is on him, not the American people.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Edward

    Reading the comments here, it is pretty obvious that those who disagree with any small thing from a Moore film find reason to blast away with words like "socialist" and other various insults. We have become a people driven by mob mentality. People simply refuse to think independently. It is easier for most to absorb the opinions of those who blather the loudest on TV and radio. Moore films make very good points backed up by many facts. Nevertheless, most people cannot get beyond any single error, especially when the conclusion of the film spurs a new idea that goes against a favored political party.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  98. John Rogers

    You lie!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Joe R.

    Documentaries? I think you mean propaganda – perhaps with a little bit of comedy. Moore is a joke who thinks he's got all of the answers.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Peter

    Well, he has made so much money for himself in our evil capitalist society, that I guess he can retire. I think he should give it all away.
    Lets see if that happens.

    Can't say I'd miss Limbaugh either. Basically the same guy, catering to a different audience.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jim in Omaha

    I think it is obvious why he might not make any more expose films. The democrats are now in office and he would be critizing them if he made more expose films and he agrees with democrats.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  102. elly

    Moore is as full of hatred and bigotry as the bigoted haters he goes after. I don't care whether or not he's making honest documentaries, I just don't like watching bigoted bullies whine and spew venom for 90 minutes. Please don't send him north of 49...we have enough problems of our own...

    I'm Canadian and keep up on U.S. politics in a very general fashion, so I'm assuming that when everyone's saying "Beck" they don't mean Beck the musician but someone who serves in the House or Senate? 'Cause the only Beck I know just makes sweet, sweet tunes.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Sick of Moore

    Let's hope so!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Jesus

    By critizising capitalism his pockets get fuller every day...how ironic!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  105. M McDowell

    Michael Moore is a wannabe Politician with access to a camera. His view is painfully one-sided, his movies are poorly put together, and I feel that he is just another figurehead who would rather lump Americans into a couple of labled groups rather than getting to know what freaking country he really lives in. He generalizes the American people worse than Sarah Palin does! He owuld rather blame this country's troubles on rep;ublicans, guns, and Big Tabacco rather than put forth the energy to RESEARCH HIS CAUSES. I swear his only methods of research are interviewing Walmart stereotypes and watching the news. I cannot stand to hear his opinions and I wish that more of his fanbase would turn off his commentary and think for themselves. And this is coming from a person Moore would classify as a "liberal".

    September 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Robert

    His "documentaries" won't be missed. Just check out MSNBC for the latest propaganda.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Eugene

    Michael Moore never made a documentary in his life... his works are full of time shifting, careful editing and innuendo and implied relationships. He's to the left what Bill O Riley and Glen Beck are to the right.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Tom

    Please Mr. Moore if you decide to leave the US; take with you Glenn Beck, O'Relly, Fox News, MSNBC, and the extremists from both parties. Maybe then we can sit down and have real solutions to fix our problems.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Kate F

    We can only hope he's not teasing. It's about time!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  110. miami

    good, it's about time

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Dave

    Moore's "documentaries" are about as credible as goebbels's were in 1938. He is a liar and a propagandist who uses controversial situations to influence the ignorant masses, while lining his fat pockets along the way. He should be tarred, feathered, and shipped to cuba in a box for being the traitor that he is. I would bet their incredible cuban"free health care system couldn't keep his obese frame alive for more then a year.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  112. femspotter

    Michael Moore doesn't make documentaries. He makes performance art films. He performs. He manipulates. He rants. He doesn't document things as they are. He spins them.

    Good riddance! I happen to agree with his politics. I don't agree with his often questionable tactics. He doesn't present more than one side of an issue. That's manipulation under the guise of truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Jon

    We need Michael's voice, so no, I hope he doesn't stop making documentaries. But his point that Americans, by and large, are apathetic and fraught with inertia, is valid.

    Michael, why don't you do your next film on that? That laziness and apathy are actually threats to a successful democracy. The only reason these terrible things continue to happen is that not enough Americans stand up, step up and act up.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Gordon

    People, please. Do NOT think for one minute that what Moore presents are facts. He presents his beliefs and nothing more. As for his moving to Canada, we do not really want him here. Let him stay in the good old USA where there is an abundance of like minded conspiracy theorists. He decries capitalism, and yet he IS a capitalist. His credo seems to be 'do as I say, not as I do.'

    September 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  115. mike

    If his message is of such great importance why does potential profit enter into the equation when subjects are picked? It seems to me that the main thrust is to hit a hot button subject, make some money and deny the other side of the discussion equal time unless they are willing to pay the chance to make it a balanced argument.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Audrey (Tucson)

    I had a teacher who showed a class the film "Roger & Me" when i was a freshmen in high school. I was blown away by Michael Moore's ability to connect with the "everyman" and still make the point to his film understandable and poignant to any one who watched it.
    Since the time i saw "Roger and Me" i have followed Mr. Moore's career with great interest, and as a young person having to live through 9/11, the war in Iraq, have seen my friends go and fight for this country, i am always pleased when i watch his films, knowing that there is a voice of reason rising through the static of this country.
    I have great hopes for his new film, and will continue to follow his career. I think it would be a great shame if he stopped making documentaries, for without his voice many of the great events that happen in our country would end up where many leaders and heads of state want them, under a rug.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  117. bernie

    I'm pretty sure Michael Moore gve up on documentaries a long, long time ago.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Doug G

    Moore is generally preaching to the choir, but his films are very well made advocacy. His stuff is factually truthful with blatent unabashed spin. I'll take it anyday over the right wing's truth vacant or truth marginal spin subtle propaganda.

    It amazes me how many decent middle Americans are actually AFRAID to see a Michael Moore flick. Fear of reality. They don't want to offend conservative friends and family who denounce Moore – yet have never seen a movie of his. That's what Fox News has brought us too. I'm sad, but I ought to be scared.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  119. J. Milton

    Michael Moore is a fool.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Paul D.

    Michael Moore uses movies to spew political propaganda, to incite hatred between groups of people and to create controversy.

    Rush Limbaugh uses a radio show to spew political propaganda, to incite hatred between groups of people and to create controversy.

    I would not miss either of them.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Brian

    Michael may not be compeled to do more documentaries because there is really no more non-sense to report ("W" et all). He will come back to documentaries if a Republicans one day sets foot again in the White House. That may be a long time from now (I hope).

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Kim

    'bout time he quit. They aren't really documentaries anyway, just pseudodocs twisting facts to suit his purposes.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Karen Gordon

    Michael Moore has been such a voice in bringing issues facing us to the forefront, that it would truly be tragic if he decided to forego his documentaries in the future.

    Would we even be discussing health care reform if "Sicko" had not been made?Whether you agree with him or not, he creates dialog about important topics. Personally, I hope as long as there are issues to be talked about, we have Michael Moore to make them national dialog.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  124. ilp

    Michael Moore starts with a premise. You may call the premise an agenda. Then he goes out to prove that which he has already determined to be the truth.
    I enjoy Michael Moore's films. And he often offers a fresh prospective.
    So, watch Michael Moore's movies. Reflect on the content. Draw your own conclusions.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  125. rastabill

    Quit documentaries and make features? Please. He doesn't
    make documentaries based the long list of factual inaccuracies
    that show up in his films. He makes docudramas. That's not
    such a big leap. Hey Michael, can you elaborate on those
    missiles that were traveling through Denver in the dead of night?
    Sorry, I forgot that didn't happen.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  126. JediMasterMatt

    The same ilk that supports Rush, Bush, Beck and the far-right wingnuts....are the first to condem Michael Moore and his films.

    example: Farenheight 9/11 was great, and even if only HALF of it was true, you should still be scared for our country because of the 'right wing' republican's lies/agenda Michael Moore exposed!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Jeni

    Thank God

    September 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Greg

    I find his work to be suspicious. It's a bit too "perfect" in revealing evil and such. It's as if he's saying, "there is no balance in my work because there is no balance in reality", and I have trouble with that position. I think he edits his way to his pre-determined 'truth'.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jessica

    As much as i think Moore makes MANY valid points in his documentaries...he loses all credibility by including unproven things in this documentaries. It really isnt that difficult to make an entire documentary FILLED WITH ONLY THE TRUTH. So why he chooses to not do it, is beyond me...considering the opposition is looking for ANYTHING they can pluck from his movies to discredit the whole thing.

    On top of that, if he'd give as much concern to his person as he does to causes, people might take HIM a little more seriously. Im not asking him to wear suits and act like a ivy league jerk...but for god sakes quit looking like a fat homeless man.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Matt

    "Marta September 16th, 2009 8:34 am ET

    Michael Moore is too bright and is too observant for a large segment of the American people. It’s the case of terrible movies setting record profits at the box office, but the great, artistic movies go nowhere.
    It’s very unfortunate..I hope he continues to make movies though, and the next one should be about educating America. Thank you"

    Are you Insane! His movies are extremely profitable because they have no expense

    September 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  131. mitchell tellinger

    Michael Moore never quit documentaries, I saw Canadian Bacon, and believe me, Feature Films...is not your cup of Tea. Everyone of your documentaries, has been excellent, Your right we need to get up off our seats, and express that things must change. It was upsetting to see Bush get reelected after Fahrenheit 911..I thought for sure that film would anger America...Then again Republicans rigged the election anyway. Sicko...This is very relevent today especially since we are so close to health care reform...It's a start...but it is a must.
    You Michael Moore Haters out there...if you think you can do better...give it a shot. Otherwise sit down and shut – up!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      "Your right we need to get up off our seats, and express that things must change..." The first thing you need to change is a broken educational system and meritocracy that allows an uneducated windbag like Michael Moore to become a millionaire whilst feeding intellectual dreck to the masses who have no analytical ability to discern truth from fiction nor facts from lies.
      He's very good at feeding porridge to babies. You all seem quite sated.

      October 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  132. penny5803

    Michael Moore is a very talented man. I will give him that. However, his "documentaries" reflect his personal views and are very very very skewed to one side of the story. Most reporters, film makers, etc can not show a story from both sides. Its too difficult for them to show another view that they probably don't agree with. Even though I don't agree with his views I respect his opinions. My issue is with the idiots who watch ONE documentary and run with that ideal. Do your research. Listen to all sides. THEN make your decision. Most people are shocked at how conservative I am. Looks are deceiving....this coming from a 30 yr old girl covered in tattoos who works in fashion....and is a HARDCORE republican. Can he please make a "documentary" about getting lazy people off their asses and trying to help themselves instead of looking for the next hand out????

    September 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Robert

    I am constantly amazed at the comments some people make, not only about others, but about "this great country". If you want to see how great it is, compare the healthcare, education and living standards to other "first world" countries, and then see if you can continue to use the word "great" when describing the US. You should be embarrassed not only because we are sliding backward but because Michael Moore has to make very little effort to find the material he needs to make a documentary. You constantly provide him all he needs. If he did not have any material we would not have to listen to him, would we!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Larry

    I wasn't aware that Michael Moore had ever made a documentary. His films are fascinating, and could make up an entire college course of study, but don't really qualify as non-fiction.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  135. catherine

    Wow! That's so heavy that he would have to stop exposing the unjustice because everyone just watches and does nothing!! Sorry Michael, that's a real shame and I feel sorry for your frustrations. Hopefully Obama is getting something done about health care–that should inspire you! Praying for you.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  136. Billy Gibbons

    Whatever. Chances are that there is just not much interest/money in his "documentaries" theses days since the advent of youtube, etc. Why pay good money to see the same thing on the big screen? Face it, he's just not that talented of a film maker to keep people interested for 90-120 minutes at a sitting...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  137. Miguel

    Michael Moore is a great documentary maker as the popularity of his movies shows, he is an activist and makes movies about things he thinks need addressing, that is freedom after all.

    If people dont like his views they are free to make their own movies!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  138. Nathan

    I wasn't aware that Michael Moore ever made a documentary. Moore himself admits his films are not objective, and if they are not objective, then to me, they aren't documentaries.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  139. Michael Shea

    I believe that Michael Moore is one of the great artists of our time.

    I would hope that he continues his documentaries, although it would be interesting to see what he could do with a feature film.

    I would like to see Moore do a feature film by exposing the hatred and racism of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck coupled with right-wing Christianity and their hold on the Republican Party.

    I put Moore ona pedastill with Orson Welles and William Wyler.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  140. Dan

    He is an idiot. If you believe his BS, then "follow his way". If you have your own brain, use it! He has lied in every film he has made and millions bought it. He is really much like the very people he critisizes. He is making money through manipulation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  141. Steve - Omaha

    Going to stop making documentaries? He hasn't made one yet. All he has made on self-serving propaganda fantasies with the outcome predicated before he even starts a project. Because of this man, and his political outburst after getting an academy award I wll not even consider watching one of his "documantaries". Is it any wonder the viewership for the academy awards has fallen ever since his tirade, against President Bush.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  142. The Mad Man

    Moore is a tool of the devil

    September 16, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  143. John Fields

    I find Mr Moore to be bizarre and given to the sort of grandiose fantasies that the most loathsome members of our world have
    I also find him to be repulsively dishonest, creating any fabrication to push his religious agenda (and Id o consider him to be a religious fanatic, just not a member of an organized religion)
    hopefully he will go away for ever and count his lucre

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  144. BG

    Moore has never made documentaries. His movies are more accurately classified as propaganda. Brilliant propaganda, but propaganda nonetheless.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  145. Bill

    I sincerely hope that he does stop making documentaries. He picks topics that need real attention, and he often has a real point to make but it's completely lost because of his lame attempts at comedy and his terrible filmmaking skills. There are many other documentary filmmakers out there who do a great job of bringing critical issues to light, without making a mockery of them. If MM decides to retire from the world of documentaries, I welcome that decision and hope that will lead us back to a revitalization of that art form.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  146. Jeremy

    I hope michael doesn't move to canada. we don't need him here. He does not show the real truth out there. Example was his movie Farenheit 911. He made bush out to be an idiot. He didn't show the facts about how it could have been an iside job. Michael is one of them and I hope he stops working for the government.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  147. Terry

    We've heard enough from this idiot

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  148. Watcher

    Please, he only shows one side of things. Documentaries only show the views the makers has. He's liberal so he's always going to make the other side look bad. I would love to see a movie that shows both sides and let the american people choose which side they agree with.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  149. mdreb

    Michael Moore does not make documentaries and has not in a long time. He's a plagiarist (he ripped off Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and offered only a lame excuse when Bradbury called him on it) who is deceitful in the supposed "facts" he presents. A truthful documentary should present all points of view, but Moore's films are just propaganda pieces that support his own point of view. Good riddance!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  150. Judy T

    While his documentaries are entertaining his facts in many instances are distorted and plain false. People should view his work for what it is, a business to make money. Do NOT believe everything you see and read on TV, newspapers or the movies. We are being bombarded constantly by BS from all sides of the political spectrum. Use your head fand common sense.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  151. Ab

    Anyone who thinks Moore is anything but an idiot and a jackass needs to wake up. Good riddance to bad rubbish. He twists the truth to fit his point of view. Idiot!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  152. fedfl

    Many folks don't like Michael Moore because they prefer to live in a fantasy world where America is perfect, Wall Street is perfect, they are perfect and anyone who disagrees is a socialist commie liberal facist terrorist.

    ..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  153. Poe

    I wasn't aware Michael Moore made documentaries. Every film I've seen has been fictional propaganda.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  154. rich

    How nice would it be if moore would moved to ANY OTHER country in the WORLD, and shut his very loud mouth! Moore talks about the capitalist lining thier pockets at the publics expense, but do you think he would be making his movies if his pockets were not also getting lined. Anyone can sit in front of a camera and bitch and moan.....only the best (and moore thinks of himself as the best) change things for the better, without making themselves rich. Why do you think he's on Jay Leno and anywhere else that will support his large frame and ego.........to promote his movie and to make money, he doesn't give a rat's a$$ about America.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  155. Diane

    I love his documentaries. He should do one on vaccines

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  156. motruth

    What a joke. The master mocjumentary capitalist has made another mockumentary. CNN continues to call them "documentaries" even though numerous claims in Moore's past work were proven totally false. How appropriate that this master capitalist would make his last mocumentary on capitalism. What hypocrites he and Mr. Carey are. Peas in the left wing political pod.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  157. ron

    I don't think of Moore as an idealist, a conspiracy theorist, a whistle blower, or anything special. How much money has this guy made with these films? I think it is safe to say ALOT. All he has been doing is pursuing the American dream of making his own money by finding a way that works for him. He makes a product, sells it to waiting buyers , and enjoys what he does.

    In other words, he's a pure capitalist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  158. Steve

    He doesn't make documentaries – they are entertainments more in the line of reality shows – a little bit of reality and a lot of manipulation – by placing himself into the 'documdrama' as star, he compromises the integrity of the subject matter. 'Manufacturing Dissent' is an actual documentary worth looking at – exposing Moore for the manipulative and hypocritical person that he is.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  159. Pamela

    There is a need for film makers like Michael Moore. It is a god given right in this country to express your opinion whether it's liked or not. We all must remember that. Whether you like his film making or not, he does make you think about whats happening in this country and how it's shaped by politicians and large corporations with money. It's the average citizen and little guy that basically keeps this country humming along that he brings attention to most of the time.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  160. Meredith Menard

    We don't want him in Canada !!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  161. Bruce

    If there truly is a God looking over our country, he will just stop this nonsense some like to call movies and simply be someone our children can look up to and join Jenny Craig. At least that would be something more interesting to watch than one of his 'movies'.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  162. John

    Who cares. This guy is a hypocritical blowhard pushing his own agenda. Go choke on a twinkie Michael.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  163. MNResident

    Michael Moore made documentaries? He blasts the Capitalist system in his movie, but makes millions of dollars in that same capitalist system doing it. That sounds like hypocritical fiction to me, and that is not a documentary....

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  164. Lisa

    Stop making documentary films? When did he start? If he truly was a documentary film maker we'd see more than one side of an issue and he wouldn't fill them with contrived scenarios. His films are about as much of a documentary as Sasha Boran Cohen's "Borat".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  165. Bob Fritz

    I hope he keeps making documentaries. He has brought many issues to the forefront of America's consciousness, and he's one person who knows what being a patriot is really all about.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  166. Kraig

    Thank god!! His one sided bias movies are a waste of time. I cant believe people actually take it in!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  167. Steve

    A socialist touting capitolism? That's a funny one.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  168. Meredith Menard

    I really hope he doesn't. He's a bloody waste of time, a left-winger crying wolf and over non-issues with his exaggerations.
    He's a white trash loser, desperate for attention. Hopefully this flick bombs and he finally takes the hint.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  169. jenny

    pleeeeez do not give up Mr. Moore. This is what the GOP wants you to do. Please do not give up. Many believe in your work. You are one of the powerful men who help and encourage us by your films and documentaries. You give us hope to believe that the word is getting out there. I know that you are tired, but pray for sustenance to help us through this time. You giving up is as losing more than 30 billion people or more. Please hang in there. I do not know how to better say how good your work is and how much it means to the common people of today. Hang in there. I pray for people like you who speak the truth and want it to prevail. Take care and keep up the good work.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  170. Maxmanta

    Without a Republican in the White House or a Republican majority for him to bash there's not much for him to talk about.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  171. frank

    he will be participating in the "biggest loser"......
    he is a disgrace, a manipulator

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  172. John

    God – I hope not!! No more socialist propaganda!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  173. Fgreen

    Good riddance. This loud mouth liberal buffoon needs to step down.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  174. ChrisNJ

    His movies suck, let's face it. Why keep making them if nobody is watching? I know some people watch, but they are your typical left wing nut jobs. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  175. Kathy Maynard

    Who cares?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  176. Marta2

    Moore is as dishonest as the worst politicians in Washington.

    His simplistic approach to issues makes it easy to tap into everyone's moral outrage. Life's unfair! Yes, people everywhere, even filmmakers, often look out for their own profit, not for the greater good! What a revelation!

    There are no easy solutions to inequality and poverty. Certainly not watching his silly films, and feeling morally vindicated. If you think that makes ANY difference in anyone's life. You're dreaming. It only lines the pockets of people who are more interested in being right about their narrow vision of the world than doing any real thinking about how to make things better.

    If you really care, spend your time understanding the broader context of these issues and your $10 buck on helping someone in need!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  177. Jerry

    Mr Moore is a conspiracy theorist. Nothing more. He tries to promote social unrest with his antics. Identifying problems within our government is one thing, but then you have to provide a solution to go with it. Moore does the quote unquote documentaries in a fashion that would suggest at the end he expects you the viewer to conduct a public lynching of our government. That's not helpful and futhermore i think most americans understand that. I do believe we deserve a government that works and the current potatoe heads in office aren't the least bit interested in working but instead will do anything to increase the size of their respective bank accounts. Their vote is for sale and the only reason the voted for the "Great American Cash Giveaway" (stimulus) was because it would alllow them to keep making money. Otherwise, they would have been content to let the system fail. In closing I can only say, " Goodby Michael Moore, Goodbye and Good Ridance".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  178. Rob

    Hmmm....guess we"ll see you after Obama leaves office.....with no Bush to beat up hardly have any material.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  179. Debra R

    Michael Moore wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on his ever growing nose. I will be glad when this overrated hack job gets a job he is qualified for fast food.

    If you do decide to move...let me know will contribute to your relocation just don't let the door hit your butt on the way out and never come back

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  180. Emil

    he says that because he doesn't want to have to rip on Obama for not doing anything other than blow hot air. If McCain was in office he wouldnt have said it

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  181. Marta

    This is an answer to the previous comment. M. Moore is a social activist. Of course he does have an agenda which he articulates brilliantly. He does not represent every American, but the people he does represent know it.
    Personally I believe he does have a very clear sense of social justice or lack of it. Thank you

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  182. Al

    That is the best news I've heard so far! YES please retire! Unfortunately I'm sure it's just PR and he'll soon be back on his soapbox lecturing us.

    Since all he does is criticize why doesn't he run for office and see what he can vs. just slamming this great country non-stop.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  183. Dustin

    Michael Moore doesn't make documentaries. He shows only what he can find to support his opinion, ignoring other sides to whatever issue he is making a film about.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  184. Lambo

    Oh really. I don't think he will be able to help himself. He cannot keep his mouth shut and quit spreading his falsehoods. Documentaries are based on fact, not agendas. I hope he just goes away.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  185. independent now

    We need people like Michael Moore to gain perspective for both sides of the issues. We would only be left with one side if he stops making documentaries. You have to view both sides of the isle to understand what makes these people tick.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  186. rtl

    I only watch documentaries when they're factual. Michael Moore has too much of an agenda and he doesn't seem to care if something is true, a rumor, or an outright fabrication if it will advance his cause.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  187. Marta

    Michael Moore is too bright and is too observant for a large segment of the American people. It's the case of terrible movies setting record profits at the box office, but the great, artistic movies go nowhere.
    It's very unfortunate..I hope he continues to make movies though, and the next one should be about educating America. Thank you

    September 16, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  188. Hans

    Judging by his waistline, he already has packed it in....

    September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  189. Denise

    Why does he tease us with these empty promises of shutting his mouth and moving to Canada? One could only hope he means it this time.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  190. Greg

    I hope he never stops making movies. Our country (USA) and the world needs him.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  191. Brian in Tampa

    I think that Michael Moore's films are enjoyed by those who generally agree with his stand on politics. Those that need their eyes "opened" regarding social misdeeds and political wrongs refuse to change their viewing habits. (The likes of Beck and Rush keep them entertained.)

    Me? I try to watch all sides, even if, at times, Fox "News" and right-winged radio churns my stomach. ( For I find Rush and his ilk pandering to the misplaced anger and racism growing in America. I.E.: If you have to say it is not about race, it is.)

    I do hope Michael continues on his path of social enlightenment. And I look forward to viewing his films in the future.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  192. Marie

    I wish he would make more documentaries, but I don't think they do
    much to open peoples eyes about the truth concerning the people we
    elect , because we keep electing them even when we he exposes what they do behind closed doors. So I don't blame him if he stops.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |

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