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E. L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime was a sprawling fictional account of American manners and mores in the years between 1900 and 1913. This film concentrates on three plot threads: the story of an immigrant artist, the saga of "Gibson Girl" Evelyn Nesbit Shaw, and a black man's quest for justice.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sporadically engaging, Milos Forman's chronicle of American society and culture in the beginning of the twentieth century is too sprawling and dramatically diffuse, though some of the acting is excellent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A robust screen adaptation of Doctorow's novel about class warfare, social change, and the gap between the rich and the poor"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Great to see very late Cagney in solid Milos Forman film."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Fine, sprawling period piece. A great swan song for Cagney."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a jumbled and largely uninteresting mess"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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