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"Street Fight" chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits Booker against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary to crush its opponents: city workers who do not support the mayor are demoted; "disloyal" businesses are targeted by code enforcement; a campaigner is detained and accused of terrorism; and… More

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"It's utterly fascinating, and if you don't follow New Jersey politics, you will be kept in the dark about the outcome of this 2002 race almost to the end."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"If you didn't already realize that politics can be a dirty business, then Marshall Curry's Oscar-nominated documentary will set you straight."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Funny, infuriating, and suspenseful, Street Fight is both a critique of the process and a vindication."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"a primer for any aspiring politician to see the worst of what he can expect"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"an amazing work, thrilling and informative in equal amounts, reminding us that democracy isn't just fought over on message boards and foreign battlegrounds, but also on our very streets"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"[Marshall] Curry's picture is must-see fare for any and every observer of the curious world of American politics."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"In brief, Marshall Curry, the young director of Street Fight, has hit the documentary jackpot."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Street Fight isn't going to restore your faith in our desperately broken electoral system, but Cory Booker -- and the last moments of the movie -- may help you harbor that little flame of hope."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"Booker and James square-off for a heavyweight political fight reminiscent of Holyfield vs. Tyson, except for the eating of ears."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"There's no question which side Curry favors, but he turns Street Fight into an old fashioned political yarn, featuring hand-pumping and baby-kissing, but also a dash of blood fury."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The documentary is simple and strong and small. Its grit lifts it above its mechanical shortcomings."
‑ Sam Allis, Boston Globe
"James is his own worst enemy in the documentary, behaving in public as a near caricature of Boss Tweed. But he won and is now serving out his fifth term."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
""...completely gripping and enraging.""
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"It's essential viewing to prove to yourself that you're not so cynical after all."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"It's a fascinating film, simultaneously enthralling, infuriating and guaranteed to make viewers ask how such a perversion of the political process could be taking place in America."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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