Captain Mike Across America
Directed byMichael Moore
Produced byMonica Hampton
Written byMichael Moore
Narrated byMichael Moore
CinematographyBernardo Loyola, Kirsten Johnson
Edited byBernardo Loyola, David Feinberg
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States

Captain Mike Across America is a film written, directed and narrated by Michael Moore.[1] It was filmed prior to the 2004 election, when the polling margin between candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry could have tipped either way.[2] It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7 and 8, 2007. The film was re-edited by Moore into Slacker Uprising, which was released for free on the Internet on September 23, 2008.

Critical reception

Captain Mike Across America premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to lackluster reviews. Most critics alleged that it served as little more than self-promotion for Moore.

Joe Leydon of Variety magazine said:[3]

One could easily carve an interesting hour-long documentary out of Captain Mike Across America, Michael Moore's ungainly account of his "Slacker Uprising" campaign to encourage young people to vote for John Kerry -- and, more importantly, against George W. Bush -- during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. In its current form, however, this repetitious and self-indulgent hodgepodge comes across as a nostalgia-drenched vanity project, with far too much footage of various celebs at assorted gatherings introducing Moore as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Will Sloan of Inside Toronto wrote:[4]

This is probably Moore’s least-compelling film from a cinematic point of view. It plays not so much like a movie, or even a concert film, as a highlight reel. The film builds little momentum as it goes along, and it has virtually none of the drama that characterized his previous films. The pacing essentially never changes. There are some good moments, including a genuinely hilarious scene where Moore offers up some alternatives to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads ("If John Kerry really loved his country, he would have died"), and if you're a Moore devotee, you'll find it mildly interesting, but if you're not, there isn't much to keep you riveted.

According to Rotten Tomatoes Captain Mike Across America was very poorly received by professional critics. Based on all 18 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 28%, with an average score of 4.2/10.[5]


  1. ^ "Captain Mike Across America". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Captain Mike Across America - Michael Moore". [Toronto International Film Festival]. 2007-09-07. Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2007-09-09.
  3. ^ Leydon, Joe (2007-01-01). "Review: "Captain Mike Across America"". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  4. ^ "Toronto Film Festival". 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08.
  5. ^ "Captain Mike Across America (Slacker Uprising) (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2010-08-01.