|New York Post May 20 1999
"Literary agent Lucianne
Goldberg is beating Michael Moore at his own game. The
documentarian currently has two cameras set up across the street
from Goldberg's Upper West Side apartment, and is broadcasting the
glimpse of Goldberg's home on www.iseelucy.com.
But now she's using her windows as ad space. Since Moore loathes
tabloids, Goldberg has erected two signs in her window reading "I
Love The National Enquirer," which will also block the view
into her guest room. "Let's see what this yo-yo does next,"
Goldberg cracked. "Now I'm taking bids" on her ad space.
"I have two other offers."
|SALON.com Entertainment April 19 1999
"The footage of Moore and Donahue staging a mock funeral (complete with bagpipes and mourners) in front of Humana headquarters, and running up against the brick wall of corporate indifference in the form of an unyielding public relations flack, deftly brought together guerrilla theater, muckraking journalism and political satire."
|Associated Press April 15, 1999
"You want real daring, bluntness, outrageous opinion? Go read an alternative publication, right- or left-wing. Go listen to the radio. Don't bother turning on the TV set, where the status quo is handmaiden to commercials for cars and cola. Except, except...here comes Michael Moore, variously described as guerrilla, maverick or rogue filmmaker, to put a little static in the picture.....As in his films, his aim is to stick it to the big guys and give a lift to the little ones. He also wants to make us laugh and think at the same time. That in itself is revolutionary."
|Entertainment Weekly April 9 1999
"Once again, Michael Moore brings his guerilla muckracking to TV, and, whoa, is it a corker. Whether staging a "real" witch-hunt in front of Ken Starr's house or inviting an HMO flack to the funeral (complete with coffin and hearse) of a client denied coverage for a pancreas transplant, Moore's to be admired for the sheer moxy he brings to fighting the good fight. Don'et believe us? Watch Congressman Barr's face when Moore confronts him about his adulterous "whipped cream" incident. Ouch. A"
|The Hollywood Reporter April 7 1999
"...Moore's blend of irony, perverseness and irreverence deserves wide exposure. In this new outing, a 12-episode commitment, he is at the top of his zealous and outrageously funny game. There are plenty of sincere news types on TV who know how to comfort the afflicted, but only Moore has the genius and courage to afflict the comfortable."
|Variety April 5-11 199
"Like an ultra-liberal superhero out to fight the bad guys, Moore claims to use the power of TV for good instead of evil, and the result can only be descibed as manic. The Awful Truth is a rollercoaster ride of biting commentary, gut-busting humor and disturbing investigative journalism. A cross between "America's Funniest Home Videos " and "60 Minutes," The Awful Truth, like Moore's previous effort, "TV Nation," is guaranteed to offend, but once again sets the bar for the most daring show on television. If it were on Fox, it would be called "When Michael Moore Attacks.""
|The New York Times April 4 1999
"As in the past, Mr. Moore can be counted on to defend downtrodden "ordinary people" like Mr. Donahue while taking aim at rigid (some might say easy) targets like bureaucratic corporations and double talking politicians. As ever, his chief weapons are his unblinking movie camera and his wicked, off-beat sense of humor, which usually manages to keep him from seeming sanctimonious as he plays a kind of schlumpy Robin Hood."
|The Daily Telegraph (London) March 6 1999
"Michael Moore has become a cult since we last looked. In The Awful Truth, he presented his short and subversive TV films from the stage of a theatre packed with adoring fans. Part stand-up comedian, part reporter, part agitator, he is a liberal who has seized the all-important weapon of humour from the right wing, and turned it upon the forces of capitalism. This week he mocked a private health company into changing its heartless rules on the funding of operations and turned up at Kenneth Starr's inquiry with a team dressed as Salem puritans to conduct their own witchhunt into Bill Clinton's prosecutors. Although these pranks were slightly uneven, he remains distinctive for the unpatronising way that he regards ordinary people as important in their own right and not merely as TV fodder."
|The Guardian (London) March 4 1999
"Should you open a door and find a large grizzly bear selling vacuum cleaners, try feigning death, because it won't go away. Michael Moore is a huge, comic, crumpled, Cracker-like crusader. You wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley simply because you couldn't escape. In The Awful Truth Moore wrenched a body part out of an insurance company. Painfully funny."
|The Times (London) March 4 1999
"It is the presence of a camera that makes the trap work, because we can enjoy watching Moore's victim feel torn between wanting to punch him for his audacity and knowing that when a camera is pointed at you, the safest thing to do is just smile and squirm. You can be a lot braver with a TV camera on your shoulder, which is presumably why Moore has created what he calls The People's Democratic Republic of Television. In last night's show, Moore successfully bullied a tight-fisted healthcare provider into coughing up for one of it's policy holders to have a pancreas transplant. It was a vintage Moore mixture of barking for the underdog, and vaudville. It's "That's Life, " only with attitude."
|The Palm Beach Post February 6 1999
The "Pesky Filmmaker", the HMO and the Kidney
|TV Guide Online December 17 1998
Crackers Goes to Jail...at Disney World
|New York Daily News November 25 1998
Sued By A Billionaire
|USA Today November 29 1998
Thomas Jefferson Turns Over in His Grave, Heads for Washington?