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.
| Original Score: 2/4
It is only in the sequence about Berg's popular costar Philip Loeb that Aviva Kempner's documentary resonates.
We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[A] fawning and formulaic documentary about Gertrude Berg.
Unlike Kempner's previous documentary, The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg, his latest has too much 'life' and not enough 'times.'
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
The documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg salutes Berg and her far-reaching influence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Celebratory but clear-eyed.
Kempner has a real gift for making these almost-forgotten lives fascinating and vital.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Kempner did her homework in restoring from obscurity this trailblazing sitcom pioneer. The film is well-organized and filled with interesting trivia tidbits.
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.
| Original Score: 8.75/10
It's delightful, if a mite sketchy.
Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg benefits from a charismatic if elusive biographical subject that has all but faded from public view.
Gertrude Berg was the Queen of All Media long before Howard Stern ever dreamed about being King.
... 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.
| Original Score: 6/10