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May 2, 2007
This fascinating documentary examines the issues raised by Nader's runs for the presidency...that shone a powerful light into our grubby political shadows, and also played a part...that twice put George W. Bush into the White House.
April 20, 2007
It can't help but remind us that the man Nader prevented from becoming president has since been more instrumental in the war on environmental pollution than any other public figure. Irony abounds.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2007
You may walk away from it still wondering why Nader persisted in running for president in 2004 after being repeatedly begged not to. But, whether or not you admire the decision, the film forces you to admire the determination with which Nader made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 16, 2007
The first half of the movie is an absorbing study of this part of Nader's public life, and then it switches -- as he did -- to politics, where the results for both him and the picture are less cheerful.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2007
An Unreasonable Man pays true homage to a man of vehemently held ideas by forcing us to engage our brains at the same high level of consciousness.
March 9, 2007
For most of an entertaining 122 minutes, the film simply tells the story of Nader's life and chronicles his struggles and crusades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
March 2, 2007
Though filled with talking heads and clocking in at two full hours, it's thoroughly involving, and its two-part structure explicitly balances Nader's phenomenal career as an anticorporate gadfly in the 60s and 70s with his role in the election of [Bush].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 1, 2007
Surely, Ralph Nader deserves better press than he's been getting ever since the 2004 elections -- and the legendary consumer advocate and so-called presidential spoiler receives his due, from both sides, in the documentary An Unreasonable Man.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2007
Nader haters may not be mollified, but An Unreasonable Man, like its subject itself, is a one-stop civics lesson no one should miss.
February 10, 2007
Structured chronologically and somewhat dryly, An Unreasonable Man makes a strong, nonhagiographic case for Nader's impact: maturing under the influence of a verbal immigrant father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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.
February 9, 2007
What An Unreasonable Man does best is rehabilitate Nader's career prior to the election and remind us of an unparalleled public-interest legacy stretching over four decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2007
The compelling documentary An Unreasonable Man carries the tag line, 'Ralph Nader: How do you define a legacy?' but it might just as easily have asked, 'Who gets to define the legacy?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2007
An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy.
February 7, 2007
A perceptive and beautifully made documentary portrait of Nader.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 2, 2007
A spellbinding cautionary tale about the dangers of purity and the ugly necessity of compromise and pragmatism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 1, 2007
If you can detach yourself from the back-and-forth vituperation (perhaps an impossible project), the Nader story begins to resemble a grand tragedy about the American left.
February 1, 2007
An Unreasonable Man wears away at preconceived notions, reminding you that, whatever conventional politicians may promise, they don't move anywhere unless uncompromising people such as Nader keep pulling their lapels and prodding their consciences.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2007
For liberals, An Unreasonable Man delivers an exciting look back at heady times.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2007
The documentary An Unreasonable Man is an admiring but hardly uncritical portrait of Ralph Nader and his 2000 presidential campaign.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 30, 2007
If the film shows that few men are as unreasonable as Ralph Nader, it also shows that few have so succeeded in shaping their world: His legacy of progressive legislation will affect generations to come.
January 30, 2007
The film, directed by Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan, does a brilliant job of putting his 2000 run for president in context -- to show how consistent it was with everything he has stood for in his remarkable career.
January 31, 2006
[The film] finds more than enough absorbing material to hold interest through nearly three-hour runtime.
January 26, 2006
A heroic crusader to some and the spoiler who betrayed the Democratic Party to others, Ralph Nader emerges as a dedicated, controversial and flawed figure.