It makes sense that Gore and George W. Bush wouldn't speak for a documentary of this scope, but the local experts who were integral to shaping Elian's narrative for new audiences just don't have quite the heft needed to further illuminate the recount and the surrounding drama which has already been well-trodden through the 2008 HBO film "Recount.". They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. Just confirm how you got your ticket. Don't have an account? Eventually, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling led to Bush’s victory by just 537 votes. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. |, October 23, 2020 Documentary film 537 Votes chronicles the political machinations that led to the unprecedented, contested outcome of the 2000 presidential election, including the chaotic voter recount in Florida that ended with George W. Bush winning by a razor-thin margin. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. The thrust of the documentary, which traces the complexities of the 2000 Florida recount, is found in the chaos and the uncertainty surrounding the election results. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Corben recognizes this is serious business, but it's also something of a non-fiction heist movie and a character study of some fascinating figures. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Much like HBO's "McMillions," "537 Votes" elevates what could have been a bone-dry political retelling with that era's cultural markers: "Everybody Dance Now" by C+C Music Factory, clips of "Saturday Night Live," excerpts of "South Park," montages of local newscasters detailing the events of the day and the immediate communities' responses. But Corben ultimately sticks the landing by encapsulating how politics has descended from a place where political rivals were viewed as opponents, rather than enemies — a message that intensely resonates in preparation for the upcoming election as the country feels almost irreparably divided. '537 Votes' revisits Florida election chaos in 2000 as a prelude to 2020 (CNN) The timing of "537 Votes" isn't subtle, focusing on election chaos … All rights reserved. While imperfect, "537 Votes" succeeds in making the tumult and social upheaval of 2000 feel fresh again, while also delivering additional nuance to the story that may have been lost over the last two decades. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. All rights reserved. J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius, Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. Sign up here. Copyright © Fandango. | Rating: B With new insights, the documentary exposes the key players who contributed to the chaos in the contested Florida county, including interviews from insiders and political operatives at the time such as Roger Stone, Joe Geller, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, and Al Cárdenas, Chairman of the Florida Republican Party. | Top Critics (3) We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. The controversy over the handling of Elian's future takes up just over the first half of the documentary, and it's telling is pretty stylish.