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Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 30
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While not a particularly deep look at the man and his career, this documentary still serves as a nicely done introduction to Kushner.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 5

While not a particularly deep look at the man and his career, this documentary still serves as a nicely done introduction to Kushner.

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Documentary filmmaker Freida Lee Mock explores the rich life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner in a film that traces Kushner's career from his 2001 play Homebody/Kabul through his 2004 collaboration with Maurice Sendak on a revised version of Brundibar. A trip to Kushner's hometown of Lake Charles, LA, provides a personal touch as the playwright attends his father's birthday party, with quiet scenes in his Hudson River Valley retreat offering moments of thoughtful meditation that

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This is an exceedingly friendly portrait, a disarming one, too. The filmmaker invites us to reconsider the author as someone warmer and less intimidating than his body of work. On that count, Wrestling With Angels succeeds.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The final portrait is unquestionably entertaining, very occasionally teasing and largely adoring. Because Kushner is a devoted political commentator, his thoughts on everything from America's role in the world to the nature of Zionism are on full display.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Wrestling With Angels is a canny piece of filmmaking, sure to absorb both audiences familiar with Kushner's plays and those who know little or nothing about him.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A sentimental valentine to a man who, underneath it all, simply wants to move people with his message.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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This uncritical cinematic embrace doesn't do justice to a playwright who never met a Brechtian dialectic he didn't want to ponder more deeply.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Beyond it's educational value for those unfamiliar with Kushner's work, politics, and sexuality (like myself), there's not much to grab onto here.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A rich and uplifting film.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Director Freida Lee] Mock's approach to Kushner is so casual and friendly that it never steps outside of his own life for a glimpse of its context.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A worthwhile but imperfect film.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Flaws aside, Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner is still worth a look for its glimpse at one of the leading voices of 21st century American drama.

November 3, 2006
Reel.com

While Wrestling With Angels is definitely a worthwhile experience, you'd expect it to be a more dramatic one, considering what Kushner has produced.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Although the analysis is far from deep, Mock's film succeeds as an above-average introduction to the playwright, especially to an audience unfamiliar with his work.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Even if you're not a fan of his work, it's a good thing to see, and is worth a view when it gets on TV sometime in the new year.

October 6, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

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