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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 20, 2010
Like the recent animated documentary Chicago Ten, this is a timely reminder of a era when "change" was more than just a campaign slogan. But it's also a personal portrait, with shadings.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 10, 2009
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe offers a deeply personal view of a larger-than-life figure. It's a view filtered through a prism of memory and emotion, but one well worth investigating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2009
Leading the defense in the 1969-70 trial of the Chicago Seven, William Kunstler became a radical and a celebrity, and this vivid documentary captures how those two facets of his life worked together in morally urgent and contradictory ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2009
Terrific archival footage from a range of seminal civil rights events, as well as affecting narration written by Sarah Kunstler and spoken by Emily Kunstler (who also edited the film), round out this superior documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 20, 2009
The film's point is clear. And for those looking for a straight answer, it's this: The bravest lawyer isn't the one who takes on the clients that allow him to feel good about himself. It's the one who takes on the clients that give us nightmares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 19, 2009
Kunstler's accomplishments, principles and courage are all here in Disturbing the Universe. But there is something else that adds an unexpected layer of emotional complexity.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 19, 2009
Other than a few tasty tidbits, like the fact that he wrote Joseph McCarthy's will while still a young family attorney, there's not much fresh news about William Kunstler in this documentary.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 13, 2009
A thoughtful, clear-eyed look at the life and career of Kunstler, the New York attorney who was famous, and infamous, for standing up for his liberal ideals even for clients who might have been morally objectionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 13, 2009
A refresher course on the history of American left-wing politics in the 1960s and '70s.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 13, 2009
It is said that everyone either loved or hated radical defense lawyer William Kunstler. A documentary by his daughters asks, "Why choose 'or' instead of 'both'?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 12, 2009
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is indeed about the radical-leftist attorney. But this engrossing and provocative documentary is also about a tragic kind of liberal guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 12, 2009
The major flaw with William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe is that it isn't more personal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 11, 2009
The film slowly loses the sobering toughness of its initial inquiry, and finally comes off as bloodline-biased hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5