Herblock: The Black & the White Reviews

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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
January 27, 2014
It's a factually accurate account of the man's work and its importance and meaning in (and beyond) the nation's capital, especially now, in all this bitterly partisan noise.
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Robert Bianco
USA Today
January 27, 2014
In print, on the Internet and through multiple mobile platforms, newspapers solider on, but editorial cartoonists are an endangered species. Watching Herblock may show you why they're worth saving.
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David Von Drehle
TIME Magazine
January 27, 2014
Herblock is an earnest, well-made accounting of a remarkable and important life.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
January 27, 2014
He returned continuously to themes of economic and social justice. Starting his career at the beginning of the Great Depression cemented those instincts and gave him material to develop a distinctive style for portraying haves and have-nots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
January 27, 2014
Loving, informative, often fascinating portrait. But it could've done without the re-enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2014
Overstuffed with talking heads, it is competently yet unimaginatively crafted, but manages to make its point.
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
November 14, 2013
Although a lot of it is talking heads, I was never once bored: the editing and presentation are every bit as dynamic as the anecdotes.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 16, 2013
A provocative, illuminating and vital tribute to Herbert Block. It should be mandatory viewing for every young American.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 16, 2013
A warmly celebratory portrait of the Washington Post illustrator who sometimes drew blood while drawing 13 successive U.S. presidents.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 15, 2013
All these encomiums grow wearying to watch. But you could do worse than this introduction to an inspiring artist and farsighted patriot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sherrie Li
Village Voice
August 13, 2013
Herblock and his mighty graphite were there for Watergate, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the anti-tobacco campaign, and the post-Columbine push for gun control ...
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Jeet Heer
The New Republic
January 27, 2014
Oppressively celebratory and numbingly reverential.
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