John Lewis: Good Trouble

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It's far more conventional than the life it honors, but John Lewis: Good Trouble remains a worthy tribute to an inspiring activist and public servant.

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter's primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (3)

  • A great movie to watch now and see how a struggle gets conducted.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot to glean from the battleground Lewis has stood on for six decades while demanding fairness, a hope, and dream, of every American. Good Trouble is of importance now more than ever.

    July 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite the documentary's uneven aspects, his legacy is ample motivation for any student of history to see Good Trouble as a good investment.

    July 6, 2020 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • "John Lewis: Good Trouble" isn't a great film, but it has a great subject - and excellent timing.

    July 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the film uses a conventional format, it makes an urgent argument: that a new wave of voter suppression has threatened the rights that Lewis labored to secure.

    July 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Good Trouble" couldn't be more timely. Yet it feels strangely incomplete, and finds Lewis, 80, looking back over his life even as there's still important work being done.

    July 3, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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