Richard Corliss, movie critic for Time, tapped Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” as one of the ten best movies of 2002. Take note of this concluding sentence in his review: “This confliction [that Moore “loves” guns] along with a born entertainer's skill at manipulating images (and statistics), makes Columbine Moore's richest tragicomedy yet — and the top-grossing documentary ever.
Here’s the Merriam-Webster Online definition of “documentary”:
1 : being or consisting of documents : contained or certified in writing (documentary evidence)
2 : of, relating to, or employing documentation in literature or art; broadly : FACTUAL, OBJECTIVE (a documentary film of the war)
So, this is a documentary that manipulates images and statistics. But it’s factual and objective. Gotcha.
For extra credit, check out Tim Blair’s takedown of Moore’s certifiable documentary here.