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Philip Roth: Unmasked

Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
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Philip Roth, arguably America's greatest living novelist, turns 80 on March 19. In 1959, his collection of short stories, Goodbye, Columbus, put him on the map, and 10 years later his hilarious, ribald best-seller, Portnoy's Complaint, gave rise to the first of many Roth-related controversies in which Judaism, sex, the role of women, and the parent-child relationship would take center stage. In candid interviews, the Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses his distinctly unliterary upbringing in Newark,

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It's great to see extensive interview footage with the relaxed and funny author, but Philip Roth: Unmasked shies away from controversy and, as a result, feels a bit sanitized.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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That neither Krauss nor anyone has anything remotely unflattering to say about the subject points to the fundamental dishonesty of the work, which extends from its excessive reverence.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
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Frustratingly little light is shed on either Roth's life or his work by this series of interviews with the novelist and a curious selection of admirers.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Admiring if less than revealing documentary about one of the great writers of our time.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In spite of the film's exhaustive chronology, those who deduce from its title that they're in for an unveiling, or an unraveling, of a major literary figure may come out empty-handed.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Why would Roth give himself over to filmmakers who'd make a movie as dull and superficial as this one?..Makes you long for the doc that could be made by a real filmmaker

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
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