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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2013
Commentators who couldn't take flower power or Buddhist chants or even poetry seriously were doomed to underestimate (Ginsberg's) resolve time and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 31, 2008
For this double-disc DVD release, director Aronson has assembled a wealth of extra footage, much of it more interesting and revealing than the movie itself.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 23, 2007
Worth seeing for all the memories of cultural changes it evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kam Williams
July 21, 2007
Comprehensive bio-pic of the Beat Generation poet best remembered for 'Howl' the epic poem which opens with the immortal line, 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.' Cool, Daddy-O!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
November 16, 2006
Not the last word on the noted Jewish poet: Considering Ginsberg's flamboyant and complex personality and the intriguing writers-artists in his life, Jerry Aronson's documentary is disappointingly conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 10, 2005
While it doesn't expose new sides of this familiar intellectual icon, it provides us generous views of the man in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
August 20, 2004
By illuminating the transitory but resonant nature of his life and work, The Life and Time of Allen Ginsberg presents a thoughtful, overdue appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 19, 2004
His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 19, 2004
A must-see movie for anyone with an interest in modern poetry generally or in Ginsberg specifically.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
August 28, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 10, 2005
Exactly what its sardonic, trail-blazing, brilliant subject was not: square.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 28, 2004
A lot of the information is redundant and the pacing is quite leisurely, to put it mildly.
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Darren Reidy
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
There's little here for those who know the story.
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