P.O.V. Reviews

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A rich and uplifting film.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
December 30, 2006
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
December 8, 2006
A worthwhile but imperfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 1, 2006
Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joey Guerra
Houston Chronicle
November 10, 2006
A sentimental valentine to a man who, underneath it all, simply wants to move people with his message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
November 3, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 3, 2006
While Wrestling With Angels is definitely a worthwhile experience, you'd expect it to be a more dramatic one, considering what Kushner has produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles McNulty
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Leigh Morris
L.A. Weekly
November 2, 2006
It's a loving film, but Kushner's own characters are more richly textured than Mock's depiction of the playwright and the divided, divisive world he's trying to fathom.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
The essence of the film is that [Kushner], with not a touch of evangelistic pomp, cannot conceive of life as anything other than a campaign to improve life.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 6, 2006
Wrestling With Angels paints an intimate and detailed portrait of playwright Tony Kushner, in the years since he became the most important living American dramatist.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 6, 2006
An overly adoring but still quite interesting profile of the writer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 6, 2006
Freida Lee Mock's adulatory portrait makes for pleasant viewing -- but should it? Her subject is a professional rabble-rouser, an intellect determined to provoke a sleeping world into action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine
October 6, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 6, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 5, 2006
Mock is good at seizing a subject and exploiting it for her own purposes. But one doesn't get the feeling that she, unlike Tony Kushner, wants to get her hands dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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