Philip Roth: Unmasked
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Philip Roth, arguably America's greatest living novelist, turns 80 on March 19. In 1959, his collection of short stories, Goodbye, Columbus, put him on the map, and 10 years later his hilarious, ribald best-seller, Portnoy's Complaint, gave rise to the first of many Roth-related controversies in which Judaism, sex, the role of women, and the parent-child relationship would take center stage. In candid interviews, the Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses his distinctly unliterary upbringing in Newark, NJ, his admiration for Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud, his "brutal and lurid"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"It's great to see extensive interview footage with the relaxed and funny author, but Philip Roth: Unmasked shies away from controversy and, as a result, feels a bit sanitized."
‑ Tom Beer, Newsday
"Frustratingly little light is shed on either Roth's life or his work by this series of interviews with the novelist and a curious selection of admirers."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Admiring if less than revealing documentary about one of the great writers of our time."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"That neither Krauss nor anyone has anything remotely unflattering to say about the subject points to the fundamental dishonesty of the work, which extends from its excessive reverence."
‑ Troy Patterson, Slate
"For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!"
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, NPR
"In spite of the film's exhaustive chronology, those who deduce from its title that they're in for an unveiling, or an unraveling, of a major literary figure may come out empty-handed."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
"It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life."
‑ Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
"This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Why would Roth give himself over to filmmakers who'd make a movie as dull and superficial as this one?..Makes you long for the doc that could be made by a real filmmaker"
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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