Dolores (2017)


Critic Consensus: Compelling and corrective, Dolores unearths overlooked history to spotlight one of activism's most powerful -- and often forgotten -- voices, Dolores Huerta.


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Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century-and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one's life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14)

[Peter Bratt] deftly edits together archival footage and interviews with Huerta's children, co-workers, collaborators, and Huerta herself. He backs it with a jazz and salsa soundtrack and tells the story with zest and clarity.

Dec 28, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Using powerful archive material, the film chronicles Huerta's life and triumphs.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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With Dolores, we're getting the lesson we deserve.

Oct 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Hagiographic but still lively and informative, this documentary by Peter Bratt shines a spotlight on a historic, relatively overlooked figure...

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

"Dolores" is a fascinating corrective to 50-plus years of American history. It's educational, to be sure, but also exhilarating, inspiring and deeply emotional.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Her social activism often left her children, some of whom are interviewed, in the lurch. It's a contradiction the film could have more sharply explored.

Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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