Titled To The End, the documentary showcased the life and work of four young women, including Ocasio-Cortez, and their efforts to pass climate change legislation. Professional critics praised the film, giving it an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Representative Ocasio-Cortez offers the best onscreen antidote to despair — she’s funny, a canny political strategy,” one review from the New York Times read.
Few Americans, however, wanted to see the film, according to one report. Even though the documentary debuted at 120 locations, To The End brought in less than $10,000, which is about $80 per theater.
Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick, the directors of the film, previously made Knock Down The House, another puffpiece documentary on a number of leftist Democrats who ran for Congress in 2018.
Like To The End, the Knock Down The House documentary received high critic ratings, with a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, but received an abysmal audience rating of 11%.
One audience member called Knock Down The House a “knocked down drag out snooze fest.”
“I feel like I must have watched a completely different movie than the ones [the critics] watched,” one viewer said. “It was absolutely terrible, and it actually made me dislike Alexandria Cortez after it was all over. I now see the audience score and I would say it is much more accurate compared to the critics.”
Conservatives mocked Ocasio-Cortez’s failed debut.
“Dear Occasional Cortex @AOC, congrats on the great opening of your documentary. You are inspiring dozens of people around the world!” joked conservative scientist Gad Saad.
Former Republican candidate Chuck Callesto pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez’s documentary was far less successful than conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza’s film on the 2020 election.
“OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE COMPARISON: AOC’s documentary: $9,667 Dinesh D’Souza 2000 Mules: $751,755,” he wrote. “One party has the heart and soul of the Majority and one party has COMPETE media supremacy..”