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Trudell Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2006
Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 30, 2006
Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 24, 2006
[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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
March 9, 2006
How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 21, 2006
[The film is] a rebuke to F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous maxim: It's hard to imagine a more American second act than the one documented here.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2006
Trudell is an entrancing character and quite camera-friendly. But the film is so one-sided as to put the disinterested viewer on guard, which I don't think is Rae's intention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4