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Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
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
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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 16, 2009
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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History has been unfair to Berg, a fact that filmmaker Aviva Kempner hopes to correct with this illuminating documentary.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

October 16, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Aviva Kempner's documentary Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is a delightful introduction to Berg, who began writing and performing skits at her father's resort hotel in the Catskill Mountains, then studied drama at Columbia University.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 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
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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In Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Kempner gives us a balance of artist and alter ego, introducing us to a woman we'd like to know even better.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2009
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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In her latest film, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, [director Aviva] Kempner once again educates and entertains with unexpected tidbits and just plain good old-fashioned filmmaking.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 7, 2009
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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The documentary, like the series, is haimish in the extreme - cozy, warm, homey. It touches on such larger issues as feminism, acculturation, suburbanization, and the blacklist.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2009
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
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
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Kempner creates a poignant reminder of one of the most influential, if now largely forgotten, great ladies of entertainment.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg is a fascinating glimpse at a world gone by -- one that was receding quickly even as Gertrude Berg was trying to chronicle it.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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In Aviva Kempner's affectionate documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Berg, who once polled second only to Eleanor Roosevelt as one of America's most respected females, is given her due. Or at least her showbiz due.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

July 17, 2009
Rafer Guzman
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Berg's name no longer rings so many bells, but Aviva Kempner's documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg may change that.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 17, 2009
Paul Farhi
Washington Post
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This generally excellent portrait does much to fill the void, restoring an unfortunately forgotten figure to her rightful place among broadcasting's trailblazers.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 17, 2009
Doris Toumarkine
Hollywood Reporter
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This wonderful doc about radio and TV icon Gertrude Berg is a cornucopia of nostalgia for viewers of a certain age.

July 17, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There's far more to this groundbreaker who built an empire in the face of formidable challenges.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[An] engrossing documentary portrait of a once-beloved radio and television star who died in 1966 and today is barely remembered.

| Original Score: 3/5

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
Andrew Grant
Time Out New York
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Accurately subtitled 'The Most Famous Woman in America You Never Heard Of,' Aviva Kempner's well-intentioned portrait of Gertrude Berg continues the director's focus on unsung Jewish-American heroes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Celebratory but clear-eyed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 8, 2009
Ronnie Scheib
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Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg does an exemplary job of celebrating the seminal achievements of Gertrude Berg and reaffirming her status as a broadcasting pioneer.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2009
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