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Joe McGovern
July 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Mormons

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
270 minutes
director
Helen Whitney
distributor
PBS

We gave it an A-

The oft-caricatured Latter-day Saint movement gets the PBS treatment in The Mormons, an admirably impartial documentary. Early segments are devoted to prophet — or charlatan — Joseph Smith, his 19th-century revelations, the bloody Utah beginnings, and, of course, polygamy. Yet the second half, devoted to present-day Mormons (like presidential hopeful Mitt Romney), is the more trenchant. We hear from passionate believers and dissenters, including an excommunicated feminist scholar and a saved ex-junkie who initially confused LDS with LSD: ”I thought, ‘Now that’s the church for me!”’ EXTRAS None. A-

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