Jimmy Carter Man From Plains Reviews

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November 18, 2011
August 15, 2008
This is a man it is impossible not to like, even if you think he was a weakish one-term commander-in-chief. At least he was not Nixon or Bush Jr.
August 15, 2008
Demme's fascinating documentary shows Carter on a US tour to promote the book. Perhaps Carter - and Demme himself - imagined this would be as trouble-free as Al Gore promoting environmentalism.
August 15, 2008
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains is an affectionate and admiring portrait of a politician who, like Al Gore, became more idealistic and effective on the world stage once he left office.
August 15, 2008
Demme is clearly a Carter enthusiast, and his film paints a vivid, involving picture of an informed and passionate man whose impact is still being felt worldwide.
January 11, 2008
Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again...
January 10, 2008
It won't utterly rewrite Carter's history, and it won't convert anybody in this divided country, but Man from Plains will remind us that principle, humility and intelligence have a place in image-is-everything American politics.
December 7, 2007
Whether you're of the opinion that Carter is a misguided meddler or a worthy Nobel Peace Prize-winner (he won the award in 2002), Jonathan Demme's new documentary about the 39th president will provide you with plenty of ammunition.
November 24, 2007
Moviegoers might initially find the inside peek into a media book tour fascinating. But the tedium of trekking from hotel to car to interview and back to a waiting limo can wear down one's resolve.
November 17, 2007
From the open-air stroll he took down Pennsylvania Ave. on his inauguration day, to the sunny-coloured cardigans he wore when addressing the nation, president James T. Carter always seemed like a guy who wanted people to remember he was one of them.
November 6, 2007
Regardless of your feelings about Carter's presidency or his 21st century views, you have to be amazed and impressed by his energy and his spirit and his commitment to the world.
November 2, 2007
An intriguing document of a man's public and private life and has yet further value as the first significant film ever made about a former U.S. president.
November 2, 2007
Demme doesn't insert himself, there's no structured interview format, we never see him or even hear his voice. He simply, easily immerses us. It's the opposite of Fahrenheit 9/11. And that's refreshing.
November 2, 2007
One reason to see this film might be to learn more about [Carter's] views on the Middle East, but a better reason might be to observe how he attends to the privilege and responsibility of doing what he believes is the right thing.
November 2, 2007
The portrait of Carter has been described as hagiography, but it isn't a stretch to view his quiet integrity as saintly next to the track records of his successors.
November 2, 2007
The movie's best material is archival. It looks like old home movie stuff, but you can still feel its monumentality.
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.
November 1, 2007
For the uninitiated, Demme's film provides an absorbing, if largely hagiographic, portrait of a man who has redefined the idea of post-presidential retirement.
October 26, 2007
Intriguing examination of a complex and dedicated public servant.
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.
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