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An Unreasonable Man Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Compelling Nader docu isn't just for lefties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 10, 2007
...the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, in an adoring hagiography...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 2, 2007
This fascinating documentary examines the issues raised by Nader's runs for the presidency...that shone a powerful light into our grubby political shadows, and also played a part...that twice put George W. Bush into the White House.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2007
It can't help but remind us that the man Nader prevented from becoming president has since been more instrumental in the war on environmental pollution than any other public figure. Irony abounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2007
Ralph Nader gives and he takes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 9, 2007
... the not-so-subtle message of the movie is that the unreasonableness that gave us seat belts and clean air also gave us Bush, Iraq and the neo-conservative nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 7, 2007
You may walk away from it still wondering why Nader persisted in running for president in 2004 after being repeatedly begged not to. But, whether or not you admire the decision, the film forces you to admire the determination with which Nader made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 6, 2007
It's that willingness, even eagerness, to put in such passionate contrary viewpoints that distinguishes "An Unreasonable Man" from the usual political documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 31, 2007
An Unreasonable Man doubles as both a thinkpiece and a sympathetic portrait of its subject. But like Nader, the film is a little long-winded and infuriatingly single-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 30, 2007
The filmmakers present compelling evidence of Nader's legacy ... but they also let Nader off the hook [for his role in allowing] the Bush administration's dismantling of that very legacy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2007
This documentary starts out as a fascinating profile of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but it ends up getting derailed by a political discussion marked by an abundance of whining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2007
Unlike most recent documentaries, An Unreasonable Man doesn't just preach to the choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 26, 2007
this incisive and often surprising documentary captures a man of true and deeply held convictions without creating a hagiography
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 21, 2007
[K]ind of sad, and kind of telling -- this truly is a man who has dedicated his life to his work, and his work is us...
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 16, 2007
The first half of the movie is an absorbing study of this part of Nader's public life, and then it switches -- as he did -- to politics, where the results for both him and the picture are less cheerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 16, 2007
An Unreasonable Man pays true homage to a man of vehemently held ideas by forcing us to engage our brains at the same high level of consciousness.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2007
Manages to launch a heated argument between Nader's supporters and a few detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 9, 2007
For most of an entertaining 122 minutes, the film simply tells the story of Nader's life and chronicles his struggles and crusades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 2, 2007
Despite Mantel's ties to Rader, the film seems fairly balanced.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 2, 2007
A worthy and compelling look at a unique and essentially American figure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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