Reno: Rebel Without a Pause
Reno: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)

Feminist performance artist and monologist Reno lets loose in a stream-of-consciousness, cathartic, topical screed that blends equal parts incisive wit, political consciousness and common sense -- all about the events of September 11, 2001.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

[Reno] delivers a monologue that manages to incorporate both the horror and the absurdity of the situation in a well-balanced fashion.

Edward Crouse
Village Voice

What seems like a nut-on-a- bar-stool rant morphs into a triumphal evocation of the emotional-political bluster of that time.

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Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

Works because Reno doesn't become smug or sanctimonious towards the audience.

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Megan Lehmann
New York Post

When [Reno] lets her radical flag fly, taking angry potshots at George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Larry King, et al., Reno devolves into a laugh-free lecture.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The film delivers not just the full assault of Reno's immense wit and insight, but a time travel back to what it felt like during those unforgettably uncertain days.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Even though the film runs a brief 71 minutes -- finishing off with footage of Reno talking with New Yorkers on the street in the aftermath of 9/11 -- Reno shows enough gusto to make you a fan.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

If Reno is to the left of liberal on the political spectrum, her tough, funny, rather chaotic show isn't subversive so much as it is nit-picky about the hypocrisies of our time.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Director Nancy Savoca's no-frills record of a show forged in still-raw emotions captures the unsettled tenor of that post 9-11 period far better than a more measured or polished production ever could.

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