Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Reviews

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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
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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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2009
We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 10, 2009
[A] fawning and formulaic documentary about Gertrude Berg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 9, 2009
Unlike Kempner's previous documentary, The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg, his latest has too much 'life' and not enough 'times.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 2009
The documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg salutes Berg and her far-reaching influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 8, 2009
Celebratory but clear-eyed.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
August 3, 2009
Kempner has a real gift for making these almost-forgotten lives fascinating and vital.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 21, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 10, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 8.75/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 28, 2009
It's delightful, if a mite sketchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
July 6, 2009
Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg benefits from a charismatic if elusive biographical subject that has all but faded from public view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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