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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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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
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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
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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
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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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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-
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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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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 24, 2006
A golden opportunity to analyze the most vital and probably most creative contempo American playwright is missed.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2006
The film suffers from a crucial lack of perspective.