Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
September 4, 2010
Aviva Kempner's documentary is a real eye-opener on an influential woman whose once central place in American popular has been mostly forgotten.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 27, 2010
Gertrude Berg was the Queen of All Media long before Howard Stern ever dreamed about being King.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Cornelius
Popcornworld
August 25, 2010
Berg's professional story is worthy enough to be retold, although one wishes for something a little more emotionally compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
April 30, 2010
Kempner has made The Goldbergs informative, entertaining, poignant, and ... nostalgic. A piece of history has been saved.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 16, 2009
It is only in the sequence about Berg's popular costar Philip Loeb that Aviva Kempner's documentary resonates.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 26, 2009
A remarkable story, all the more remarkable for the era in which it happened, an era when most women had almost no opportunities to become famous, rich and powerful. Gertrude Berg not only triumphed during this time, she was the Oprah Winfrey of her time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 4, 2009
Yoo-Hoo suggests that, yes, Berg broke new ground and, no, she shouldn't be forgotten. But it doesn't explain why she endured, or why she is so forgotten today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
October 30, 2009
It's puzzling that a paean to Gertrude Berg's Jewish New York housewife, Mrs. Goldberg -- a character so beloved and enduring that she could serve as a travel guide through early-to-mid-20th-century history -- could fall so flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
October 23, 2009
No matter the accomplishments during her lifetime, Gertrude Berg remains an integral part of the modern media's formation. Thankfully, we now have a permanent testament to how important - and irresistible - she was.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 21, 2009
Stylistically unpretentious but highly informative and enjoyable documentary [on] one of radio's great stars and a television pioneer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 16, 2009
Stylistically, Aviva Kempner's documentary is no ground-breaker. But its old-school talking-heads/narration/footage format suits its subject matter, and the remarkable story needs no window dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 16, 2009
Charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
October 16, 2009
History has been unfair to Berg, a fact that filmmaker Aviva Kempner hopes to correct with this illuminating documentary.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 2, 2009
Kempner did her homework in restoring from obscurity this trailblazing sitcom pioneer. The film is well-organized and filled with interesting trivia tidbits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2009
Kempner marshals an impressive lineup of both Berg and Goldberg fans to underscore the irrefutable significance of her subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
October 2, 2009
It's absolutely charming to be reminded of -- or, in most cases, introduced to -- Berg and her particular genius. But too much of the film is too light.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 7, 2009
The real kick comes from seeing the stars of yesteryear in grainy film stock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 29, 2009
This was a very informative documentary that is told with a subtle passion. I found it very warm and welcoming. If you have interest in entertainment history, this is a must see!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
August 28, 2009
... a good introduction to Gertrude Berg for those who have never heard of her and a pleasant journey down nostalgia lane for those who grew up with her shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 28, 2009
It's delightful, if a mite sketchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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