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Trudell Reviews

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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 Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

March 18, 2007
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

March 30, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

March 30, 2006
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.

March 30, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Trudell" may be a one-sided work of propaganda, but it's effective, well-crafted and informative propaganda.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 10, 2006
Erin Meister
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006

E! Online

Short on the meat of documentary -- archival detail-- and long on hero worship ...

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

March 10, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 9, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...should all be interesting, but Rae goes that extra mile to make it alternately dull and irritating.

March 9, 2006
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Trudell's activism is more compelling than his poetry or performance art.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 25, 2006
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 24, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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

February 24, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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More tribute than true documentary, Heather Rae's reverential biography of Native American activist John Trudell sells everyone a little short.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2006
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Strident environmental warnings and political rhetoric do not a movie make.

| Original Score: 5/10

February 24, 2006
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