Oppressively celebratory and numbingly reverential.
Herblock is an earnest, well-made accounting of a remarkable and important life.
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 ...
Loving, informative, often fascinating portrait. But it could've done without the re-enactments.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A provocative, illuminating and vital tribute to Herbert Block. It should be mandatory viewing for every young American.
| Original Score: 9.5/10
All these encomiums grow wearying to watch. But you could do worse than this introduction to an inspiring artist and farsighted patriot.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
Overstuffed with talking heads, it is competently yet unimaginatively crafted, but manages to make its point.
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.
A warmly celebratory portrait of the Washington Post illustrator who sometimes drew blood while drawing 13 successive U.S. presidents.