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Brexit: The Movie is a 2016 British documentary film written and directed by Martin Durkin, advocating for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, commonly called Brexit (a portmanteau of British and exit). The film's production was funded through crowdfunding via Kickstarter as well as £50,000 from the hedge fund Spitfire Capital. It premiered in London on 11 May 2016 before being released the following day on YouTube and Vimeo. The film was praised for being concise and showcasing an optimistic view of Brexit but was criticised for relying on ethnic stereotypes, inconsistencies and its omission of Pro-European views.

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Brexit: The Movie received over 1.5 million views on YouTube by 23 June 2016 (the date of the referendum). The film's reviews upon release included both praise and criticism.

Paul Baldwin writing for The Daily Express, a pro-Brexit newspaper, called it a "powerful" exposure of the lack of accountability within the European Union. Nicholas Dunn-McAfee of the Public Relations and Communications Association commented that the film was "easily digestible" and "witty" but felt that it was a "little too late and a little too stretched". James Delingpole of the far-right news website Breitbart News London commented that the film offered a more optimistic tone for Brexit compared to that in his opinion of "the peevish, scaremongering Remainers".

Newsweek noted the film's attempt to market to conservative, anti-establishment audiences, calling it "a libertarian's wet dream of Randian proportions", and criticising alleged inconsistencies in the film. The Huffington Post criticised the film, stating it relied on ethnic stereotypes and omitted certain perspectives. Huffington praised the film's persuasiveness, but indicated that it could also potentially drive voters towards the Remain camp. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticised the lack of balance in the film as it did not feature a single pro-European.

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