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RBG Reviews

September 4, 2018
At the same time, although West and Cohen get around to the version of Ginsburg that has become a meme for Millennials and a symbol of resistance, the greater part of the film celebrates her tireless determination.
June 4, 2018
I left the theatre informed, inspired, and eager to go to sleep at a normal hour.
May 18, 2018
Ginsburg emerges as a woman of remarkable intelligence and fortitude - who can get by on very little sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2018
What emerges is an intriguing portrait of a woman described as shy and retiring but with "a quiet magnetism," a work horse and a master legal strategist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2018
One thing's for sure: She's still standing. May she stay strong.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 10, 2018
A watchable, informative and occasionally moving life history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2018
RBG's superficiality makes it good background material about the subject and the forces that guided her life's crusade but the blinders it willingly wears represent its greatest flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 7, 2018
Even with such rich material, the movie can be a tad prosaic. But as you listen to Ginsburg read her words, you begin to perceive the secret of her power.
May 4, 2018
With the #MeToo movement occupying our culture, it's easy to say that this is the perfect time for a detailed, thorough film on Ginsburg. But frankly, anytime would have been a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2018
It endeavors to offer a heavy dose of comfort food to its audience, which is sure to comprise exclusively of viewers who have a lot invested in the iconic dissenter remaining on the job for a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2018
Finding reciprocity -- in the eyes of the law, your partner, your colleagues -- is the essence of this documentary, one that comes at a moment that desperately lacks it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2018
Ostensibly a documentary about 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it feels more like a love letter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 4, 2018
Cohen and West's approach is so adulatory that the documentary becomes a surface-level work of hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2018
You may love or hate her, badmouth her or bow down to her. But you have to recognize the impact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made to the fabric of our country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2018
Stands as a film that informs, and sometimes even delights with its portrait of one of the more remarkable lawyers, judges, and feminist icons of our time.
May 3, 2018
This woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg's work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.
May 3, 2018
A proficient but prosaic overview of Ginsburg's (exceptional) life and (world-improving) accomplishments. If you know enough to be impressed, you've probably heard at least a few of the oft-told statistics and anecdotes that burnish the RBG myth here.
May 3, 2018
What makes the film valuable is its focus on Justice Ginsburg as a champion of women's rights.
May 3, 2018
The filmmakers do a commendable job of covering the personal, professional and philosophical angles of a woman who, whether idolized or despised, is in a class by herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2018
You don't have to agree with the politics of it to be impressed by the civility of the discourse, and that's something so sorely lacking today that it seems almost quaint. What a shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2018
The movie's touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.
May 3, 2018
"RBG" is a documentary love letter to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it assumes you love her too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2018
Given the partisan divide, the documentary probably will be of interest only to people who already admire Justice Ginsburg, but it's a good story that will inspire many and should appeal to anyone with an open mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2018
A celebration of the scrunchie-wearing octogenarian not just as a pop-culture folk hero and millennial meme but as a wife, a warrior, and a true iconoclast, famed for her fierce legal mind and the cutting wit of her dissenting opinions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 2, 2018
RBG takes various facets of a fascinating life and stitches them together, as documentaries go, into a genuine beauty.
May 2, 2018
No topic gets more than a cursory overview in Julie Cohen and Betsy West's breathlessly superficial, school-presentation-ish documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 1, 2018
[A] lively and thorough profile...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2018
This is more than just the predictable story of who Ginsburg was and who she has become. It's also a monument to the formal written legal legacy that transcends her own life story and changed a nation.
March 29, 2018
A chronology of Ginsberg's subsequent victories shows how patiently and shrewdly she worked to establish the existence and pernicious effects of sex discrimination
January 25, 2018
This spry celebration reveals that the real Ginsburg is neither beast nor badass, but an even-tempered, soft-spoken mediator-not typically the traits that inspire rousing high-fives
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 22, 2018
It's the insights into [Ginsburg's] personal life that feel the most vital, moving "RBG" beyond the kind of information you could read on a Wikipedia page (as ably and entertainingly rendered as they may be on the big screen).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2018
A documentary that, like its subject, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is eminently sober, well-mannered, highly intelligent, scrupulous and just a teeny-weeny bit reassuringly dull.