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While not a particularly deep look at the man and his career, this documentary still serves as a nicely done introduction to Kushner.



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Documentary filmmaker Freida Lee Mock explores the rich life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner in a film that traces Kushner's career from his 2001 play +Homebody/Kabul through his 2004 collaboration with Maurice Sendak on a revised version of +Brundibar. A trip to Kushner's hometown of Lake Charles, LA, provides a personal touch as the playwright attends his father's birthday party, with quiet scenes in his Hudson River Valley retreat offering moments of thoughtful meditation that stand in stark contrast to his harried Manhattan business dealings.


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  • This is an exceedingly friendly portrait, a disarming one, too. The filmmaker invites us to reconsider the author as someone warmer and less intimidating than his body of work. On that count, Wrestling With Angels succeeds.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The final portrait is unquestionably entertaining, very occasionally teasing and largely adoring. Because Kushner is a devoted political commentator, his thoughts on everything from America's role in the world to the nature of Zionism are on full display.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Wrestling With Angels is a canny piece of filmmaking, sure to absorb both audiences familiar with Kushner's plays and those who know little or nothing about him.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A sentimental valentine to a man who, underneath it all, simply wants to move people with his message.

    Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This uncritical cinematic embrace doesn't do justice to a playwright who never met a Brechtian dialectic he didn't want to ponder more deeply.

    Nov 2, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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