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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Clearly a labor of love for Ken Burns, The Roosevelts makes for compelling viewing -- and admires its subjects without stooping to hagiography.


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A Ken Burns documentary about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who played pivotal roles in shaping modern America. Theodore, the 26th U.S. president, battled corporate greed and built the Panama Canal. FDR, the 32nd U.S. president, stewarded the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. And after her husband's death, Eleanor essentially became the country's de facto conscience, championing civil rights, civil liberties and the U.N.


Paul Giamatti
as Theodore Roosevelt
Edward Herrmann
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Meryl Streep
as Eleanor Roosevelt
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Critic Reviews for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

[It's] sense of intimacy may be the documentary's greatest achievement.

September 18, 2014 | Full Review…

The Roosevelts is never less than thoroughly compelling, whether marching through its remarkable pageantry of history or re-telling the smaller, personal stories that played out behind the scenes.

September 12, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Roosevelts doesn't whitewash its subjects or make excuses for their missteps. It does admire them greatly, for their courage and vision.

September 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Burns and Ward pile on so much detail, alongside so much stunning footage, that by watching this whole spread -- to borrow that famous and also well-rubbed line -- will be like arriving "where we started and know the place for the first time."

September 12, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

In typical Burns fashion, historical fixation results in television gold, devoting 14 hours to the understanding of motivation, hubris, and compassion.

September 27, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Covering over a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962, this revealing biopic paints a fascinating portrait, not to be missed, of perhaps America's most influential political dynasty.

September 25, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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