Rosenwald Reviews

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May 2, 2019
Rosenwald does well in balancing both stories as well as taking care to note the importance of the work behind it and its significance. On occasion emotionally stirring, importantly informative, and as humble as Julius Rosenwald was.
November 17, 2015
Documentary portrait of Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish-American head of Sears, Roebuck & Co., whose philanthropy gave a boost to African-American education and culture in the first half of the 20th century.
November 4, 2015
The story is inspiring, but the film is not cinematic.
October 30, 2015
The wonderful true story told in Rosenwald is a terrific history lesson, and an inspirational portrait of how one person can make a difference.
October 29, 2015
Marvelous ...
October 8, 2015
Despite its overlong running time and a tendency towards the dreaded "PBS Effect," this documentary... is dependably fascinating.
September 25, 2015
"Rosenwald" offers a compelling story of a man who obviously believed that giving is living.
September 17, 2015
The film is right in line with Kempner's other works...but as long as she keeps excavating these illuminating treasures of the Jewish-American past, that she's not doing anything radically new fades in importance.
September 16, 2015
While sugared to a certain degree, the core of "Rosenwald" is pure, watching Kempner communicate the need for charity and the importance of support, celebrating a man who worked to better the world.
September 13, 2015
Unsung Hero
September 10, 2015
Inspiring as the story of Julius Rosenwald is, there's little in the film that illuminates what kind of man this heroic philanthropist was.
September 10, 2015
Rosenwald does veer into hagiography, and there's a sense his darker moments are glossed over, but the good works he did should be celebrated, and they're all the more meaningful now that the Voting Rights Act is under attack.
September 4, 2015
Most viewers will likely have little-to-no familiarity with the events recounted in this documentary, and are guaranteed to leave the theater feeling enlightened and perhaps more than a touch gobsmacked.
September 3, 2015
Rosenwald will reaffirm your faith in capitalism, compassion, community, diversity, social justice and the American dream.
September 3, 2015
Kempner has also interviewed people whose lives were shaped by Rosenwald's charity, and their cultural reminiscences give a strong feeling for what he was all about.
August 29, 2015
If her film borders on hagiography, Kempner can be forgiven, for this was a remarkable man.
August 28, 2015
More than awe, the film provokes gratitude for what this man did.
August 28, 2015
...focusing on a more obscure character for many of us, Kempner's tone remains light, brisk, entertaining, instructive, and thoughtful.
August 27, 2015
Kempner's film shows the difference one person can make by telling Rosenwald's story, a critical history lesson and a welcome reminder of our own tikkun olam obligations.
August 27, 2015
"Rosenwald" used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about.
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