Matt Lewis

‘The Undefeated’: Out of the gate strong

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

The new Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated” debuted in select theaters this weekend. It’s still early, but so far, it is garnering impressive reviews. Following is a quick roundup:

Brisbane Times:

Palin doco wins public praise (01:25) The Undefeated, a documentary tracing Sarah Palin’s rise to political power, has opened in US theatres to overwhelmingly positive opinion.
It may not be “Harry Potter,” but another film featuring a bespectacled protagonist is racking up strong pre-sales before its national roll-out this weekend. “The Undefeated,” a glowing look at failed vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has already sold out a show in Grapevine, Texas (population 46,000), according to the distributor Cinedigm. Grapevine isn’t exactly a teeming metropolis but the film is set to roll out across Tea Party country in 10 AMC theaters.
When Sarah Palin said, “More government is not the answer,” the audience in theater 8 at AMC Barrett Commons 24 erupted with applause.”The Undefeated” premieres at AMC Barrett Commons 24 with an appearance by Director Stephen Bannon. Reactions from filmgoers attending the screening were overwhelmingly positive. “I believe she’s honestly just a great person,” said Garrett Wilson, who traveled from Chatsworth, Ga. to attend Friday night’s screening of the film.
“Run, Sarah, run!” shouted Californian Sherman Roodzant, 64, as the final credits rolled on the 1:10 p.m. showing in a half-filled theater in Orange. Roodzant drove 150 miles (240 km) to see it and said it was worth every mile.
Faithful fans arrived early. Donna Galloway drove all the way from Beaumont for the debut.  “Undefeated is about having losses but coming back for victories,” said Galloway.
While a wizard named Potter is on track to rule the box office this weekend, it was a former governor named Palin who had conservatives excited at the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 theater Friday evening. The Grapevine theater is the only one showing the film in North Texas. At least one of Friday’s scheduled viewings sold out.One fan brought a wagon adorned with a sign reading “Texas is Palin Country” and filled with postcards touting the former vice presidential candidate’s views and accomplishments.