Where to Invade Next

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Where to Invade Next
Michael Moore facing towards a viewer with a group of generals sitting on a conference table behind Moore.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Moore
Written byMichael Moore
Produced by
StarringMichael Moore
Narrated byMichael Moore
  • Richard Rowley
  • Jayme Roy
Edited by
  • Pablo Proenza
  • Todd Woody Richman
  • Tyler H. Walk
Distributed byNeon
Release dates
  • September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10) (TIFF)
  • December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
Box office$4.46 million[1][2]

Where to Invade Next is a 2015 American documentary film written and directed by Michael Moore.[3][4] The film, in the style of a travelogue, has Moore spending time in countries such as Italy, France, Finland, Tunisia, Slovenia, Germany, and Portugal where he experiences those countries' alternative methods of dealing with social and economic ills experienced in the United States.[5]

Moore's first film in six years, Where to Invade Next opened on December 23, 2015, in the United States and Canada,[6] in a limited run for one week only in a Los Angeles and New York City theater to qualify for the Oscars. It re-opened on February 12, 2016, across 308 screens. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.


In the film, Moore visits a number of countries and examines aspects of their social policies that he suggests the United States could adopt.[7] He visits Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia, and Iceland; respectively, the subjects covered are worker benefits, school lunches, early education, college education, worker inclusion, decriminalized drugs, low recidivism, women's health care, and women's inclusion and leadership role in society. These countries and supporting facts are listed on the film's website.[8]

The countries and topics in order of appearance:

Moore points out at the end that many of these ideas actually originated in the U.S., such as the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, abolition of the death penalty, the struggle for the eight-hour day and the May Day holiday, the Equal Rights Movement for women, and prosecution of financial fraud during the savings and loan crisis.


According to Moore, the film was produced in secret.[3] It was shot with a small crew and production took place on three continents.[4]


Where to Invade Next premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and had its American premiere at the 2015 New York Film Festival on October 2, 2015.[9] At the TIFF, Moore sought a distributor, with Moore "[indicating] that whoever winds up taking the film, it will be positioned for Oscar consideration.[10] As a premiere, it was presented during the TIFF's Special Presentations section.[11]

The film was released on December 23, 2015, in New York and Los Angeles by a distribution label formed by Radius-TWC co-founders Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League[6] in order to qualify for the 88th Academy Awards. It then re-opened on February 12, 2016 across 308 screens.[12] The agency William Morris Endeavor is currently looking for an international distributor.[13]

Moore had been busy during activities promoting the film and during election work and being in Flint, Michigan, which is suffering from lead contaminating its water. He got pneumonia, was briefly in the intensive care unit of a New York City hospital, and eventually recovered enough to prepare for release; however, his activities leading up to the film's wide release had to be cancelled so he could get adequate rest.[14]

On April 12, 2016, Moore announced that the film would not be licensed to theaters in North Carolina out of political opposition to the state's Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.[15][16]


The film received positive reviews from critics, including Noel Murray, who wrote:

With Where To Invade Next, though, Moore has made his best film in over a decade, and one that clarifies exactly what his strengths are. If nothing else, watching it helps explain why his clunkier movies (like 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story) fall so flat.[17]

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 78% of 169 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Where to Invade Next finds documentarian Michael Moore approaching progressive politics with renewed—albeit unabashedly one-sided—vigor".[18] On Metacritic, the film holds a 63/100 rating, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19] On December 1, 2015, the film was selected as one of 15 shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature,[20] but was not ultimately nominated.


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  2. ^ "Where to Invade Next (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Graham, Adam (July 28, 2015). "Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' Toronto-bound". The Detroit News.
  4. ^ a b Dornbush, Jonathon (July 29, 2015). "Michael Moore talks making Where to Invade Next in secret, focus on 'infinite war'". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Barnes, Henry (September 11, 2015). "Where to Invade Next review – Michael Moore gets happy with a sugar-binge idea-stealing session". The Guardian.
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (October 23, 2015). "Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' Gets Oscar-Qualifying Release". Variety. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "RottenTomatoes Summary".
  8. ^ "Film's Supporting Facts".
  9. ^ McNary, Dave; Lang, Brent (September 30, 2015). "Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' Goes to New Distribution Label". Variety.
  10. ^ Hornaday, Ann (September 18, 2015). "The Toronto International Film Festival goes old-school, in a good way". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  11. ^ Slotek, Jim (June 28, 2015). "'Martian', 'Black Mass', and 'Demolition' all headed to TIFF". Toronto Sun. ISSN 0837-3175. Archived from the original on November 5, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  12. ^ Pete Hammond (December 11, 2015). "'Where To Invade Next' Release Pushed; Michael Moore To Embark On 50-State Bus Tour Timed To New Hampshire Primary". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 28, 2015). "Michael Moore Reveals New Movie 'Where to Invade Next'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ "Michael Moore Hospitalized With Pneumonia Ahead of 'Where to Invade Next' Release". The Hollywood Reporter. MSN. February 5, 2016.
  15. ^ Twitter
  16. ^ Newsobserver.com
  17. ^ Murray, Noel (September 11, 2015). "TIFF Review: Michael Moore Makes His Best Film In Years With 'Where To Invade Next'". IndieWire. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  18. ^ "Where to Invade Next (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Where to Invade Next Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "15 Documentary Features Advance In 2015 Oscar® Race". Oscars.org. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.

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