Philip Roth: Unmasked

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Philip Roth, arguably America's greatest living novelist, turns 80 on March 19. In 1959, his collection of short stories, Goodbye, Columbus, put him on the map, and 10 years later his hilarious, ribald best-seller, Portnoy's Complaint, gave rise to the first of many Roth-related controversies in which Judaism, sex, the role of women, and the parent-child relationship would take center stage. In candid interviews, the Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses his distinctly unliterary upbringing in Newark, NJ, his admiration for Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud, his "brutal and lurid" first marriage, and how Zuckerman may or may not be his alter-ego. Nathan Englander, Mia Farrow, Jonathan Franzen, and Martin Garbus are among those who talk about the man and his writing. Franzen in particular praises Roth for "how brave he must have been to have methodically offended everybody and to have exposed parts of himself no one had ever exposed before."

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  • It's great to see extensive interview footage with the relaxed and funny author, but Philip Roth: Unmasked shies away from controversy and, as a result, feels a bit sanitized.

    Apr 1, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Beer

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  • That neither Krauss nor anyone has anything remotely unflattering to say about the subject points to the fundamental dishonesty of the work, which extends from its excessive reverence.

    Apr 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    Troy Patterson

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  • It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.

    Apr 1, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Ed Bark

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  • Frustratingly little light is shed on either Roth's life or his work by this series of interviews with the novelist and a curious selection of admirers.

    Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!

    Mar 14, 2013 | Full Review…

    Stephanie Zacharek

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  • This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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