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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Reviews

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December 18, 2017
... Everything we argue about today has direct callbacks to the concerns Jacobs raised more than 50 years ago.
November 3, 2017
Citizen Jane shows that it is possible to come out victorious-even if said victory is only a Pyrrhic one.
September 12, 2017
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is an unlikely redefinition of the story of David versus Goliath.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 11, 2017
Guess what? You can fight City Hall. Matt Tyrnauer's excellent documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, shows how it's done, a call to arms that could not be more timely in this chaotic political moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 30, 2017
Citizen Jane stands as a tribute to Jacobs and an encouragement to those who believe that lively, enriching serendipity -- which may look like chaos -- never should be planned out of existence.
July 27, 2017
Their entertaining slugfest is played against the larger backdrop over the battle of visions about what makes a great city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2017
While Citizen Jane is prescribed by a very specific time and place, it does offer up some tactics for the continuing struggle to preserve the idea that cities should be for everyone and not simply those who can afford to live there.
June 30, 2017
A bracing, insightful study of how cities are made and sometimes destroyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2017
Like his previous film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the famous fashion designer, director Matt Tyrnauer takes on a fascinating subject yet mostly consolidates existing information without adding much to our knowledge base.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 22, 2017
A plucky intellectual takes on New York's most powerful builder in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, an engrossing documentary that details a historical conflict that is being repeated around the world today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2017
A timely warning against big-block buildings with empty ground-floor shop units, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 2, 2017
Tyrnauer uses a ton of archival footage to tell his story, and brings it in at a brisk 92 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 1, 2017
She was also one tough cookie who appreciated a good fight. A bit more internal tussle would have both better honored her spirit and made for a better documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2017
Most good documentaries are powered by conflict, and you couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2017
Battles over the future of New York City are at the center of the richly informative and well-crafted documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2017
This straightforward and bracingly optimistic documentary explains the ways that shaping politics and wielding power can ease urban decline or inflate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2017
It's his depiction of the adversarial relationship between those making decisions and those affected by them that hits home.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 8, 2017
It's a good film for lovers of New York, but even they might find monotony in its reliance on library footage of street scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2017
A celebration of grassroots activism and a cry for community, this should appeal to those interested in the history and politics of urbanisation as well as architecture nerds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2017
It's Jane Jacobs' vision you come away admiring, as well as her determination to fight back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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