Trudell Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An ultimately forgettable account of the poet and historic speaker for Native American rights
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
March 18, 2007
A bittersweet bio-pic which presents an articulate, defiant and sensitive soul who promises to remain committed to resistance till he draws his last breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 30, 2006
The movie tries to do too much, sandwiching in extraneous histories of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, for instance, and skimming quickly past the mysterious fire that killed Trudell's wife and children.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2006
Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 30, 2006
Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 24, 2006
[John] Trudell is the compelling presence at the heart of Trudell, Heather Rae's fascinating but superficial treatment of the poet, singer and tilter-at-windmills who has been at the barricades from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2006
"Trudell" may be a one-sided work of propaganda, but it's effective, well-crafted and informative propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 17, 2006
This documentary feature is more concerned with telling us about Trudell's many exploits than with telling us about the man. As a result, it feels superficial, and the tone is much too reverential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2006
By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
March 10, 2006
Short on the meat of documentary -- archival detail-- and long on hero worship ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
March 9, 2006
How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 9, 2006
A tribute to the focused and prophetic Native poet and activist who loves the Earth and has made many stands for the dignity of his people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 9, 2006
...should all be interesting, but Rae goes that extra mile to make it alternately dull and irritating.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 25, 2006
Trudell's activism is more compelling than his poetry or performance art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
February 24, 2006
Rae borrows a bit heavily from the Oliver Stone school of filmmaking: Quick cuts of seemingly random footage do more to draw attention to a possible dearth of relevant background materials than to evoke ideas of Native American history and struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 24, 2006
Serves as both a timely tribute to the man and an important reminder for those in danger of forgetting the issues at stake in the Native American struggle for rights and dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 24, 2006
Politics aside, Trudell plays like an infomercial for its subject rather than a serious examination of the man and his beliefs.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 24, 2006
More tribute than true documentary, Heather Rae's reverential biography of Native American activist John Trudell sells everyone a little short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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