P.O.V. Reviews

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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
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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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
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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2006
More of a mash note than an even-handed documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 4, 2006
As informative as it is, Wrestling With Angels doesn't have time to do more than scratch the surface of its fascinating subject.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2006
Wrestling with Angels could use some brouhaha: It's a bit too much of a pleasant air kiss from a fan, and doesn't engage inquisitively enough with Kushner's often controversial and very political ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 3, 2006
Mock's film leaves us with a sense of gratitude and relief that so thoughtful an artist as Kushner continues to work among us, capturing and reacting to the world as he buzzes through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Phyllis Fong
Village Voice
October 3, 2006
The film's both soothing -- as an act of recording promise -- and churningly emotive.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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