Jimmy Carter Man From Plains Reviews

November 18, 2011
August 15, 2008
Essentially a soap opera.
August 15, 2008
Only belatedly, with the arrival of Alan Dershowitz, does Demme happen across anybody who might disrupt the air of non-confrontational niceness, but Carter ducks the challenge, and the film heads ever onwards into hagiography. A disappointment.
August 7, 2008
December 21, 2007
You're better off reading his books.
December 13, 2007
Man From Plains is ho-hum and uninvolving, which is a surprise, considering the seeming wealth of material.
December 6, 2007
Jimmy Carter/Man From Plains... is a smug, self-righteous monologue from a professional politician.
November 1, 2007
Carter comes off as compassionate and intelligent. But the complex issues brought up in his book don't get much more than a superficial debate.
October 26, 2007
While it is probably apocryphal that Carter was the model for the role of the delusional Lars in the film "Lars and the Real Girl," the resemblance is astonishing.
October 26, 2007
Every so often, though, Demme decides to make a documentary about something he not only knows but admires. And the results are admittedly intimate, but so uncritical that they amount to two-dimensional portraits, all shadows bleached away.
October 26, 2007
There isn't enough revealing material in the tedious documentary Jimmy Carter Man From Plains to sustain an 800-word magazine profile, let alone a two-hour film.
October 26, 2007
Leaves too much time for Demme as he turns an interesting character study into a full-blown tribute.
October 26, 2007
Narrrowly cast documentary focuses so exclusively on a publicity tour the former president took in the closing months of 2006 that a more accurate title might be Jimmy Carter How I Sold My Book.
October 26, 2007
Jimmy Carter isn't a real saint, but he plays one in Jimmy Carter Man From Plains.
October 25, 2007
The documentary proves to be an uncomfortably admiring advertisement for its subject, and a narrowly focused one at that.
October 25, 2007
Carter's life and work deserve a fuller accounting and analysis than Demme is finally able to provide.
October 25, 2007
Though Carter's controversial reference to past injustices is meant to spark conversation about an ongoing problem in the West Bank, the director's decision to focus solely on the minutiae of a press tour seems too narrow.
October 23, 2007
A book tour isn't even a political campaign, and traveling with Jimmy Carter isn't exactly going backstage with the Rolling Stones.