An Unreasonable Man Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 2, 2007
Every time a belt gets buckled or an airbag inflates, the movie argues, somebody somewhere has Nader to thank for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2007
Though filled with talking heads and clocking in at two full hours, it's thoroughly involving, and its two-part structure explicitly balances Nader's phenomenal career as an anticorporate gadfly in the 60s and 70s with his role in the election of [Bush].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2007
Surely, Ralph Nader deserves better press than he's been getting ever since the 2004 elections -- and the legendary consumer advocate and so-called presidential spoiler receives his due, from both sides, in the documentary An Unreasonable Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 22, 2007
Nader haters may not be mollified, but An Unreasonable Man, like its subject itself, is a one-stop civics lesson no one should miss.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 10, 2007
Structured chronologically and somewhat dryly, An Unreasonable Man makes a strong, nonhagiographic case for Nader's impact: maturing under the influence of a verbal immigrant father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2007
The film contends admiringly, and convincingly, that Ralph Nader's authentic sense of outrage is the reason he persists when he can't prevail.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2007
What An Unreasonable Man does best is rehabilitate Nader's career prior to the election and remind us of an unparalleled public-interest legacy stretching over four decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2007
The compelling documentary An Unreasonable Man carries the tag line, 'Ralph Nader: How do you define a legacy?' but it might just as easily have asked, 'Who gets to define the legacy?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 8, 2007
An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 7, 2007
A perceptive and beautifully made documentary portrait of Nader.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 2, 2007
A spellbinding cautionary tale about the dangers of purity and the ugly necessity of compromise and pragmatism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 1, 2007
If you can detach yourself from the back-and-forth vituperation (perhaps an impossible project), the Nader story begins to resemble a grand tragedy about the American left.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 1, 2007
An Unreasonable Man wears away at preconceived notions, reminding you that, whatever conventional politicians may promise, they don't move anywhere unless uncompromising people such as Nader keep pulling their lapels and prodding their consciences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 31, 2007
For liberals, An Unreasonable Man delivers an exciting look back at heady times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 31, 2007
The documentary An Unreasonable Man is an admiring but hardly uncritical portrait of Ralph Nader and his 2000 presidential campaign.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
January 30, 2007
If the film shows that few men are as unreasonable as Ralph Nader, it also shows that few have so succeeded in shaping their world: His legacy of progressive legislation will affect generations to come.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 30, 2007
The film, directed by Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan, does a brilliant job of putting his 2000 run for president in context -- to show how consistent it was with everything he has stood for in his remarkable career.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 31, 2006
[The film] finds more than enough absorbing material to hold interest through nearly three-hour runtime.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2006
A heroic crusader to some and the spoiler who betrayed the Democratic Party to others, Ralph Nader emerges as a dedicated, controversial and flawed figure.