Strange Fruit Reviews

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Cole Smithey
September 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 25, 2003
It's a talking head documentary, but a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 24, 2003
Good, if unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 19, 2003
"Strange Fruit"...should be mandatory viewing by all students old enough to understand the meaning and importance of the haunting song.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 16, 2003
Katz uses archival footage, horrifying documents of lynchings, still photographs and charming old reel-to-reel recordings of Meeropol entertaining his children to create his song history, but most powerful of all is the song itself
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pam Grady
January 10, 2003
Though only 60 minutes long, the film is packed with information and impressions.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 8, 2003
In his excellent documentary, also called Strange Fruit, filmmaker Joel Katz takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called 'one of ten songs that changed the world.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
November 28, 2002
Provocatively enlightens us on the fascinating origins and social convulsions created by the song Strange Fruit, and its profound connection to the progressive movements of the last century.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 6, 2002
Katz's documentary doesn't have much panache, but with material this rich it doesn't need it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 6, 2002
Polished, well-structured film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 6, 2002
An absorbing documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
November 5, 2002
Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching.
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Dennis Harvey
February 23, 2012
Michael Szymanski
March 12, 2005
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003

Boston Phoenix
February 19, 2003
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