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Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.
[John] Trudell is the compelling presence at the heart of Trudell, Heather Rae's fascinating but superficial treatment of the poet, singer and tilter-at-windmills who has been at the barricades from the get-go.
By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?
Politics aside, Trudell plays like an infomercial for its subject rather than a serious examination of the man and his beliefs.
An ultimately forgettable account of the poet and historic speaker for Native American rights
A bittersweet bio-pic which presents an articulate, defiant and sensitive soul who promises to remain committed to resistance till he draws his last breath.
Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.
The movie tries to do too much, sandwiching in extraneous histories of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, for instance, and skimming quickly past the mysterious fire that killed Trudell's wife and children.
"Trudell" may be a one-sided work of propaganda, but it's effective, well-crafted and informative propaganda.
This documentary feature is more concerned with telling us about Trudell's many exploits than with telling us about the man. As a result, it feels superficial, and the tone is much too reverential.
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