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Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Reviews

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Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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It is only in the sequence about Berg's popular costar Philip Loeb that Aviva Kempner's documentary resonates.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 16, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 27, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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[A] fawning and formulaic documentary about Gertrude Berg.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Unlike Kempner's previous documentary, The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg, his latest has too much 'life' and not enough 'times.'

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

July 9, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2009
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Documentarian Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) reclaims Berg's place in TV history by lovingly and exhaustively itemizing the successes and difficulties of her pioneering career.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg salutes Berg and her far-reaching influence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Celebratory but clear-eyed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 8, 2009
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

Kempner has a real gift for making these almost-forgotten lives fascinating and vital.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

August 3, 2009
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B+

April 21, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Born Tillie Edelstein, Berg honed her talent writing skits at her father's resort, Fleischmann's, in the Catskill Mountains. But Molly's kitchen belonged to the nation.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2009
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B+

July 10, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Intro to the most famous Jewish mother of the 20th century and the auteur behind her, making a strong case beyond nostalgia for her positive strong image and business acumen.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

July 10, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

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 Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A captivating and illuminating documentary filled with charm and good-natured humor. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.75/10

July 8, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's delightful, if a mite sketchy.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2009
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg benefits from a charismatic if elusive biographical subject that has all but faded from public view.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2009
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Gertrude Berg was the Queen of All Media long before Howard Stern ever dreamed about being King.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 27, 2010
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

... 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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

August 28, 2009
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