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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Reviews

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May 3, 2017
The film's focus sprawls like an unchecked suburb, scratching the surface of topics from institutional racism to gentrification to community organizing to the birth of a white-collar economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2017
[It] feels like a visualized term paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2017
Only intermittently stimulating.
November 3, 2017
Citizen Jane shows that it is possible to come out victorious-even if said victory is only a Pyrrhic one.
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
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
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.
April 21, 2017
[A] gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2017
Jacobs' unrelenting thirst for change stays with you.
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
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
April 25, 2017
Tyrnauer transforms what could be a staid profile film into an urgent story about the dangers of "urban renewal," something Jacobs herself would admire.
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+
December 18, 2017
... Everything we argue about today has direct callbacks to the concerns Jacobs raised more than 50 years ago.
April 20, 2017
Anyone interested in the way cities work should ... go to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 19, 2017
The key to this excellent documentary about writer and activist Jane Jacobs in New York City is the way it visually expresses the ideas in her groundbreaking book The Death And Life Of Great American Cities.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 5, 2017
What is ostensibly a niche subject matter is rendered very watchable due, in part, to how much of what Jacobs passionately advocated half a century ago is still very much at the forefront of many concerned urbanites.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2017
A timely warning against big-block buildings with empty ground-floor shop units, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2017
The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion. And, in a way, it does ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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