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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Reviews

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
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 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
May 3, 2017
In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2017
Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."
April 26, 2017
It's a complicated tale, and at 92 minutes, the film is a very brief summary. But it's a story that needs telling, as Tyrnauer proves ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
April 21, 2017
Citizen Jane takes on an invigorating richness as it delves into issues of sexism (Jacobs, a respected journalist, was often painted by her foes as an angry mother), economic despair and the complex idea of the "master builder."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
April 21, 2017
Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function - it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 21, 2017
[A] gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
It's a story that needs periodic retelling, and Mr. Tyrnauer has heightened the human drama by focusing on Jacobs, an improbable David to Moses's Goliath.
April 20, 2017
Anyone interested in the way cities work should ... go to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
Only intermittently stimulating.
November 12, 2016
A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York.