An Unreasonable Man
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The life and career of one of America's most tenacious consumer advocates and political activists is brought to the screen in this richly detailed documentary. Born in a small town in Connecticut, Ralph Nader was raised to believe the words of his father that "you can fight city hall," and Nader made a nationwide reputation for his willingness to take on the wealthy and powerful. After receiving a degree from Harvard Law School, Nader first became a household name in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, in which he detailed the auto industry's willingness to sacrifice… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Compelling Nader docu isn't just for lefties."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"... the not-so-subtle message of the movie is that the unreasonableness that gave us seat belts and clean air also gave us Bush, Iraq and the neo-conservative nightmare."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"...the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, in an adoring hagiography..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It's that willingness, even eagerness, to put in such passionate contrary viewpoints that distinguishes "An Unreasonable Man" from the usual political documentary."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Unlike most recent documentaries, An Unreasonable Man doesn't just preach to the choir."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Ralph Nader gives and he takes away."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An Unreasonable Man doubles as both a thinkpiece and a sympathetic portrait of its subject. But like Nader, the film is a little long-winded and infuriatingly single-minded."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"this incisive and often surprising documentary captures a man of true and deeply held convictions without creating a hagiography"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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