Philip Roth: Unmasked Reviews

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Tom Beer
Newsday
April 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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April 1, 2013
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.
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
April 1, 2013
It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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March 14, 2013
For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 14, 2013
This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
March 14, 2013
Sticking to what's on the page pays off, especially with regard to Roth's undervalued late novels, but also means he has [the filmmakers] just where he wants them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 13, 2013
Philip Roth may be unmasked but is only partially revealed in this very personable documentary portrait of one of the leading American literary figures of the past half-century.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
Roth was dashing, charming, a little dangerous, one of his college friends tells us, but she doesn't need to say it. It's manifest, and it's still true.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 12, 2013
The history of the man who gave the literary world such alternately acclaimed and vilified works as Portnoy's Complaint,Sabbath's Theater and I Married a Communist is continuously glossed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 12, 2013
He is, for 90 minutes, marvelous company - expansive, funny, generous and candid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2013
[A] crisply filmed document.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 11, 2013
This film is an engaging look at a contemporary pilgrim and his progress.