Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins Reviews

February 20, 2020
Though the documentary doesn't feature any conservative talking heads to balance out its liberal voice, anyone could leave the film unsettled by how relevant Ivins's commentary remains today.
October 12, 2019
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 4, 2019
[A] documentary that makes the case for how much the outspoken journalist's voice is missed today.
September 16, 2019
This movie just a hoot and a half.
September 13, 2019
[A]s depicted in this sprightly, fast-paced documentary directed by Janice Engel, Ivins was a one-of-a-kind commentator who was both smart and savagely funny, using a take-no-prisoners sense of humor to eviscerate those she felt abused the public trust.
September 11, 2019
There's a sense in which Ivins doesn't quite fit in the documentary either - or rather what fits in is great, but what doesn't fit in (emotionally, personally) - gets left out, and that matters a lot.
September 10, 2019
With free speech under attack, and truth-telling seemingly in short supply, "Raise Hell" offers an entertaining and bracing look at one of journalism's least punch-pulling practitioners.
September 5, 2019
Engel gives "Raise Hell" such momentum - it's a whoosh of a movie - that you are quickly swept up in its sights and sounds. There's a lot to take in.
September 4, 2019
There was never anybody like Molly Ivins before, and never will be again, and this documentary does a fine job of capturing what made her special.
April 23, 2019
This slick, enjoyable documentary pays tribute to the wit and wisdom of the firebrand Texas political commentator.
February 12, 2019
Reminds us that her particular brand of perspicacity is as vital and as necessary now as it was when she covered the 1968 Democratic Convention or watched George W. Bush rocket from the Texas governor's mansion to the White House.
January 29, 2019
Smart and entertaining, just like its subject.