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Trudell Reviews

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March 9, 2006
How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?
March 30, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 27, 2006
Trudell belongs to a strain of documentary biopic wherein one-sided reverence is the principle impetus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2009
An ultimately forgettable account of the poet and historic speaker for Native American rights
February 23, 2006
When Trudell expounds on his political philosophies, the film is fascinating, but Rae lets style obscure substance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2006
Strident environmental warnings and political rhetoric do not a movie make.
| Original Score: 5/10
February 23, 2006
As one of our most prominent and passionate advocates for Native American rights, John Trudell deserves more daring and objective scrutiny than this overly reverent tribute.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 4, 2006
To my mind, John Trudell often starts with the truth, but then he leaps over it to say and do a lot of things that are highly questionable or worse. Politics aside, he ought to be questioned -- if only to make for a more interesting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2006
Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.
February 24, 2006
Politics aside, Trudell plays like an infomercial for its subject rather than a serious examination of the man and his beliefs.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 3, 2006
More hagiography than history, Heather Rae's long-in-production portrait of Native American activist and poet John Trudell has the uncritically admiring feel of authorized biography.
February 21, 2006
Anyone looking for history lessons from Rae's documentary will have to be patient and alert enough to pick through the poetry.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 24, 2006
More tribute than true documentary, Heather Rae's reverential biography of Native American activist John Trudell sells everyone a little short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2006
Rae borrows a bit heavily from the Oliver Stone school of filmmaking: Quick cuts of seemingly random footage do more to draw attention to a possible dearth of relevant background materials than to evoke ideas of Native American history and struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 9, 2006
...should all be interesting, but Rae goes that extra mile to make it alternately dull and irritating.
March 10, 2006
By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2006
Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 8, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 1, 2007
Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.
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