Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

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As sharp, funny, and scathingly irreverent as its subject, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins pays entertaining tribute to a brilliant writer.

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RAISE HELL is a documentary about the celebrated national political columnist and Texan, Molly Ivins who used her razor sharp wit to speak truth to power.

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  • It instead works because the film operates in and plays with its grey area, entirely uninterested in going towards any true 'side.' It, like Ivins, knows these polarities as a construct.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

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  • Perhaps what stands out most of all is how disarming Ivins was in spite of her sharp tongue.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • One wonders what Ivins' might have made of such adulating celebrations of reporters, but she would have raised a beer to the final sections of the documentary that add some warts to the portrait.

    December 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Janice Engel's loving portrait of perhaps the most famous liberal journalist in Texas history (there must be a few others, right?) feels a bit like a pitch for a biopic. That is to say, it's more portrait than story.

    October 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Janice Engel's film is a rollicking re-acquaintance with Ivins' distinctive drawl, and we can't help but wonder what she'd say about our current ominous political climate. Likely, there would be some swearing involved.

    October 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Really, all Janice Engel had to do was run as many old videos of the great Molly Ivins, journalist and iconoclast, to entertain her worshippers... But Engel does more than that in this classic biopic.

    October 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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