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.
| Original Score: B-
It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!
This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
Ultimately, the film is less of an unmasking of Roth than it is an enigmatic guru's rousing master class. You leave a little bit wiser about yourself.
He is, for 90 minutes, marvelous company - expansive, funny, generous and candid.
| Original Score: 4/5
[A] crisply filmed document.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This film is an engaging look at a contemporary pilgrim and his progress.