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Radio Unnameable Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 27, 2013
Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson's love letter to Bob and his legendary program, Radio Unnameable, rewrites the record and places the disc jockey in the pantheon beside his louder contemporaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 29, 2012
You're overwhelmed by the feeling that you've seen this tale of corporate greed and arrogant mismanagement before. Still, the filmmakers tell it with gusto.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 18, 2012
Radio Unnameable is at its best when it tries to find some visual analog to Fass' vibe, courtesy of cinematographer John Pirozzi, who takes beautiful snapshots of a sleepless city.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
October 4, 2012
...a great window into the days before cell phones and Twitter, when broadcast radio played a key role not only in delivering information to people, but also in giving them a voice and bringing them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
September 21, 2012
Beautifully sets up the feel and the times. . .with archival photographs and footage [but] distracts from. . .the intimate aural relationship between Fass and his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 21, 2012
Directors Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson weave together archival visual and aural materials along with new interviews with Fass, his wife, Lynnie, and other WBAI alumni.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 20, 2012
A treasure trove of both visual and aural footage makes this terrific doc a keeper. Its affectionate appreciation of one man's long, strange trip through history make it a helluva lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
September 20, 2012
A richly conceived archival tribute to the very miracle of Radio Unnameable's survival despite it all. And a troubling irony as peripherally depicted in this documentary, with Fass often in furious battle to prevail on air. A Tale Of Two Radio Stations
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 18, 2012
It can make you wish - or, if you're lucky, remember - that you were a sleepless New Yorker in 1967, kept from loneliness by a gentle, soulful voice on the radio.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
A sporadically hard-selling homage to a cult hero from an overchronicled era ...
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Matt Singer
Time Out
September 18, 2012
As haunting and heroic as anything you'll see on the big screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 17, 2012
Gimlet-eyed view of a legendary pioneer of "free form" radio as well as a probing examination of the Balkanization of the left.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2012
While crediting free-form radio pioneer Bob Fass with changing the culture of broadcasting, this doc remains clear-eyed about the decline of community radio and the New Left.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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