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

Season 1
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 16

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 14, 2014
Air date: Sep 15, 2014
Air date: Sep 16, 2014
Air date: Sep 17, 2014
Air date: Sep 18, 2014
Air date: Sep 19, 2014
Air date: Sep 20, 2014

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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.

Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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."

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

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

If "intimate" means having some idea of another's thoughts and feelings, then The Roosevelts delivers.

Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Lots of historical detail in evenhanded, traditional docu.

Sep 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In all matters relating to the three Roosevelts, Burns allows us to be the judge.

Sep 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The accounts of the origins, complications, and endings of the two World Wars are reasonably engrossing.

Sep 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1

  • Sep 06, 2016
    I can revisit this series over and over and still discover new things about one of America's most influential families.
  • Sep 10, 2015
    It took me a few months watching it-I don't like binging on these things as there is so much to absorbe from such a rich production .... I am officially declaring it the most beautiful and engaging documentary I have ever seen...Its 14 hours are choke full of facts and anecdotes and nostalgia for the early 20th century ...Every time I finished watching an episode it felt like when you are done reading a great book from which you learned lots and lots.... I am not from the US so I was not too familiar with the Roosevelts very I could actually have conversations about these larger-than-life figures...Very inspiring stories ...EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED this series!! :)
  • May 17, 2015
  • Sep 19, 2014
    truly stunning, emotional and inspirational.

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