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After September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks leveled New York City's World Trade Center towers, mayor Rudolph Giuliani's public bravery and pluck in the midst of his city's greatest crisis made him a hero across the country and around the world. However, while Giuliani's actions after 9/11 made him seem like a champion, there has been significantly less attention paid to his record before the attacks. Documentary filmmaker Kevin Keating focuses on Giuliani's early years in politics, his often controversial and uncharitable stands on civil rights, social services,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"While Giuliani Time offers a wealth of important information that many might have long forgotten, its impact is diluted by its heavily biased nature and lack of balance."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Plays more like a rant, and a poorly focused one at that."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Keating makes the case that a Giuliani presidency would be an exceedingly bad idea, juxtaposing the politician's public persona and veneer of fake charm, with his vicious dark side that periodically peers through."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Keating may [be] too intent on touching on every aspect of the mayor's vicious careerism; at two hours, the film might have benefited from some pruning....But the film is never dull..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Giuliani Time ultimately includes much useful information ... [but] anybody who reads The Village Voice will find nothing here to surprise them."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"With the former mayor currently enjoying one of the rare second acts in American political life, Giuliani Time does a strong job of reminding us what the first one was like."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The trouble with Giuliani Time is that Keating, as a filmmaker, wants to give power to the people but in his every perception he takes it away from them."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A chilling record of a politician whose modus operandi includes incessant lying, taking credit for other peoples' achievements, blatant racism and imperious governing."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The first chip has been knocked off the shoulder in the 2008 presidential horse race."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"While Keating's motives may have the public interest at heart, his methods undercut his message."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Giuliani Time energetically deflates one trumpeted myth after another about Giuliani's success at turning the city around from its doldrums in the 1970s."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"I wanted more of those press conferences where he lashed at 'actually really jerky' questions before turning on his heel and exiting stage right. When Giuliani Time gives us a taste of this Rudy, it's mesmerizing."
‑ Michael Powell, Washington Post
"Damning documentary indicts the ex-mayor as deserving to be remembered not for the clean-up of the Twin Towers, but for his utter lack of compassion for the impoverished and working classes."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"It is impossible to downplay the man's role in events following the September 11 attack...But, his track record prior to that terrible event cannot be ignored."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Keating, who learned his craft shooting for respected documentarians like Barbara Kopple and the Maysles brothers, takes his stand early, makes his points bluntly and backs them up solidly with archival footage and expert testimony."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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