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Jim Emerson
March 2, 2007
The movie is lively and informative, but (in ways the old Nader might have appreciated) it made me feel like arguing with it. Frustratingly, the film avoids as many issues as it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 31, 2007
The documentary An Unreasonable Man is an admiring but hardly uncritical portrait of Ralph Nader and his 2000 presidential campaign.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
January 30, 2007
A good mixture, but it all comes back to Nader's disputed sainthood and the debate is heavily stacked. It seems easy to like Nader and that's the problem: There's no serious conflict.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2007
This documentary starts out as a fascinating profile of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but it ends up getting derailed by a political discussion marked by an abundance of whining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 30, 2007
The filmmakers present compelling evidence of Nader's legacy ... but they also let Nader off the hook [for his role in allowing] the Bush administration's dismantling of that very legacy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 8, 2007
An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2007
The film contends admiringly, and convincingly, that Ralph Nader's authentic sense of outrage is the reason he persists when he can't prevail.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 26, 2007
I did find AN UNREASONABLE MAN informative, a bit infuriating and also a bit tedious. ... Still, this is worth a look for a portrait of a very unique voice in America and American politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2007
Ralph Nader gives and he takes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 2, 2007
Every time a belt gets buckled or an airbag inflates, the movie argues, somebody somewhere has Nader to thank for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2007
Unlike most recent documentaries, An Unreasonable Man doesn't just preach to the choir.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 15, 2007
An Unreasonable Man's allowance for differing viewpoints becomes a bit of a smokescreen, with the film revealing its true goal of reputation restoration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
January 31, 2007
An unflinching look at the rise and fall of one of the most influential figures of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 10, 2007
...the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, in an adoring hagiography...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 31, 2007
For liberals, An Unreasonable Man delivers an exciting look back at heady times.
| Original Score: 3/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Compelling Nader docu isn't just for lefties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2007
Manages to launch a heated argument between Nader's supporters and a few detractors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2007
A requiem not for Nader but for a time when politics wasn't a dirty word; for that reason it is required viewing for all citizens, concerned or no.
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
February 4, 2006
An Unreasonable Man takes the story of a man usually associated with being an egomaniac, megalomaniac and even psychologically disturbed and creates a fascinating account of a man typically known just for rabblerousing two elections.
| Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 28, 2007
An unreasonable man? Or an extraordinary American? Mantel and Skrovan's partial documentary ends up a complex portrait of a man who is both.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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