Philip Roth: Unmasked
Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013)

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… More

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Release Date: November 24, 2014
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Beer
Newsday

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Admiring if less than revealing documentary about one of the great writers of our time.

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Troy Patterson
Slate

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek
NPR

For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!

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Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine

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.

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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky

It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

This dully conventional biography doesn't do justice to its subject.

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Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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

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