Paul Goodman Changed My Life
Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

Paul Goodman's 1960 best-seller, Growing Up Absurd, became a cornerstone of countercultural thinking, alongside books like The Medium Is The Message, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and The Feminine Mystique. Goodman was a polymath: a… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

It is generally pungent and enlightening.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Paul Goodman Changed My Life" is a documentary about a man who changed mine.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

Paul Goodman Changed My Life, a new documentary by Jonathan Lee, captures Goodman's ubiquitousness, as well as the fashionable intellectual bohemianism of the period...

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

In this heady documentary, TV footage of left-wing social critic Paul Goodman being interviewed by conservative host William F. Buckley Jr. in 1966 makes one realize how low public discourse in America has sunk since then.

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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie effectively uses Goodman's poems to illustrate his life.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

But more remarkable than the accolades of his admirers is the (sometimes grudging) respect shown by his opponents and antagonists.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

As documentaries go, it's an able introduction that doesn't make its subject nearly as relevant to our current discontents as it could.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

What makes him such an interesting biographic sketch for a film, however, is the way Goodman undercut his own successes.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Lee aims to revive Goodman's legacy, using archival footage and thoughtful interviews with surviving friends and relations to create a portrait of a man who was quite literally too complicated for his times.

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John Ballantine
Goodman is a social commentator that I wasn't particularly knowledgeable about. He certainly played second fiddle to the Beat Generation and then later by… More