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Giuliani Time (2006)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 4

Though he may be preaching to the choir, Keating provides plenty of evidence to back his claims about the former NYC mayor.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

Though he may be preaching to the choir, Keating provides plenty of evidence to back his claims about the former NYC mayor.



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After September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks leveled New York City's World Trade Center towers, mayor Rudolph Giuliani's public bravery and pluck in the midst of his city's greatest crisis made him a hero across the country and around the world. However, while Giuliani's actions after 9/11 made him seem like a champion, there has been significantly less attention paid to his record before the attacks. Documentary filmmaker Kevin Keating focuses on Giuliani's early years in politics, his


Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Feb 20, 2007

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While Giuliani Time offers a wealth of important information that many might have long forgotten, its impact is diluted by its heavily biased nature and lack of balance.

June 20, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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With the former mayor currently enjoying one of the rare second acts in American political life, Giuliani Time does a strong job of reminding us what the first one was like.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Giuliani Time energetically deflates one trumpeted myth after another about Giuliani's success at turning the city around from its doldrums in the 1970s.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Plays more like a rant, and a poorly focused one at that.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The trouble with Giuliani Time is that Keating, as a filmmaker, wants to give power to the people but in his every perception he takes it away from them.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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I wanted more of those press conferences where he lashed at 'actually really jerky' questions before turning on his heel and exiting stage right. When Giuliani Time gives us a taste of this Rudy, it's mesmerizing.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Keating makes the case that a Giuliani presidency would be an exceedingly bad idea, juxtaposing the politician's public persona and veneer of fake charm, with his vicious dark side that periodically peers through.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

A chilling record of a politician whose modus operandi includes incessant lying, taking credit for other peoples' achievements, blatant racism and imperious governing.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Damning documentary indicts the ex-mayor as deserving to be remembered not for the clean-up of the Twin Towers, but for his utter lack of compassion for the impoverished and working classes.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb

Keating may [be] too intent on touching on every aspect of the mayor's vicious careerism; at two hours, the film might have benefited from some pruning....But the film is never dull...

June 16, 2006

The first chip has been knocked off the shoulder in the 2008 presidential horse race.

June 6, 2006
Monsters and Critics

It is impossible to downplay the man's role in events following the September 11 attack...But, his track record prior to that terrible event cannot be ignored.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Giuliani Time ultimately includes much useful information ... [but] anybody who reads The Village Voice will find nothing here to surprise them.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While Keating's motives may have the public interest at heart, his methods undercut his message.

May 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Keating, who learned his craft shooting for respected documentarians like Barbara Kopple and the Maysles brothers, takes his stand early, makes his points bluntly and backs them up solidly with archival footage and expert testimony.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Keating, who has shot for the Maysles brothers and Barbara Kopple, amasses an impressive amount of evidence to bolster his claims, allowing the relative dryness of his style to be overshadowed by the revelatory nature of his research.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A delightfully biased view of former New York Mayor Giuliani's administration.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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