The association said that its appeals board is retained the “R” rating given for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.
Moore had appealed the “R” rating, and argued that nothing in the picture is any more provocative or disturbing than the content of an evening news broadcast.
Moore expressed his disappointment with the ruling in a series of tweets on Thursday.
“I will make no cuts,” he told Variety shortly after making the appeal. “We don’t believe in censorship in this country. There can’t be any compromise on this sort of thing.”
“The MPAA doesn’t want teenagers to see these things without parental supervision,” Moore said. “My advice to the teenagers of America is you know what to do and you know how to get in.”
“Where to Invade Next” finds Moore comparing how foreign countries like Finland and France grapple with social and economic issues to the approach in the U.S. A Dec. 23 release is planned to qualify the film for awards, and it recently made the short list of 15 documentary features that will be considered for an Oscar nomination.