Reel Injun Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Filmfest
September 4, 2010
At its heart this is a well made, provocative made-for-television documentary, a mix of movie clips and talking head interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 25, 2010
Reel Injun is not a peace pipe but a convincing case for a place at the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 20, 2010
Though stricter selectivity would not have harmed this documentary, its enthusiastic embrace is instructive and moving.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
June 18, 2010
Setting off in his barely road-worthy "rez car," Mr. Diamond films a series of bittersweet, and sometimes bitingly funny, encounters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 15, 2010
A fascinating, well-researched documentary that simultaneously informs and captivates the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.65/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
June 13, 2010
A powerful, mythbusting documentary which manages to humanize America's unfairly-marginalized indigenous peoples, albeit belatedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 13, 2010
The debate over the evolution of the movies' depiction of native peoples is not always on the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 11, 2010
Reel Injun will most likely give you a new perspective the next time you watch John Wayne battle Native Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 9, 2010
Both the talking-head interviews and montages trace distortions and puncture myths with professional rigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
June 8, 2010
Combining a road trip from his native Arctic reservation to Los Angeles with an archival cinematic survey, Diamond's treatment of each is perfunctory to the point of inutility.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 1, 2010
Exhaustively explores Hollywood's perpetuation of mythical misconceptions through footage from the nearly four hundred culturally distorted westerns, contrasted with corrective feature films made by aboriginal directors across North America.
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
February 25, 2010
There are gaps here and there, but it provides a fascinating introduction to a corner of film history that has gotten too little attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Coulbourn
Jam! Movies
February 19, 2010
For Diamond, Reel Injun is a highly personal odyssey, undertaken in an attempt to reconcile the realities of his native childhood with the natives he saw portrayed on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2010
Entertaining and informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

National Post
April 2, 2010
| Original Score: 3/4
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