To Be Takei Reviews

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September 3, 2014
With his trademark baritone and focused diction, Takei is a natural storyteller who lends an enjoyable flow to the movie's uncomplicated proceedings.
September 3, 2014
To Be Takei is a celebration of a man of great resilience, infectious humor, a voracious appetite for the richness of the human experience, and the best laugh in the history of laughing.
August 28, 2014
While there's pathos and tragedy here, there's also good humor and human strength.
August 28, 2014
This is a film blessed with excellent footage and plenty of nice moments.
August 28, 2014
Another pleasant if disposable portrait.
August 22, 2014
This could have easily been a platitudinous, self-important mess, but Kroot does a couple of very savvy things here.
July 18, 2019
While To Be Takei educates and entertains, much of the 90-minute runtime seems like filler.
August 14, 2018
To Be Takei is as natural as Takei is in front of the camera and during public speeches. It's vibrant, interesting, and enjoyable.
July 14, 2015
Celebrates Takei but blithely neglects to probe for any complexity in a man who has surely suffered much.
May 25, 2015
Can be more of a platform than a chronicle; its look at homophobia and gay marriage is a bit earnest and over-explained. Still, Takei provides a sharp lens through which to see ethnic and sexual minorities' progress in America's post-'50s popular culture.
April 4, 2015
Before watching this film I thought of Takei as being just another celebrity, but this film makes it clear that Takei is a guy who has done something with his life. He has made his life count for something. He's a fascinating character.
October 31, 2014
... a charming look at a man whose charisma and optimism is infectious in his quest to live long and prosper.
October 6, 2014
No doc could diminish George Takei's life work, but To Be Takei too often takes dramatic short cuts which undermines its potency.
October 2, 2014
A lively and warm tribute.
September 5, 2014
Director Jennifer M. Kroot delivers something that is as profound as it is funny and uplifting.
September 5, 2014
Despite a slightly meandering structure, To Be Takei is a highly entertaining and moving portrait.
September 4, 2014
To paraphrase an old speech by our president, only in America is George Takei's life possible.
August 28, 2014
There is a whole lot of Takei in between the early days of Sulu and the current era of hashtagged witticisms, and that is vast middle section is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei.
August 28, 2014
The subject matter in To Be Takei is split almost evenly between important topics and funny moments, but even the darker bits are handled delicately by Kroot.
August 27, 2014
Even if you've tired of Takei's ubiquity online and onscreen, this campy but fond tribute is great fun.
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