Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006)

Documentary filmmaker Freida Lee Mock explores the rich life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner in a film that traces Kushner's career from his 2001 play +Homebody/Kabul through his 2004 collaboration with Maurice Sendak… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not a particularly deep look at the man and his career, this documentary still serves as a nicely done introduction to Kushner.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

This is an exceedingly friendly portrait, a disarming one, too. The filmmaker invites us to reconsider the author as someone warmer and less intimidating than his body of work. On that count, Wrestling With Angels succeeds.

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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle

Wrestling With Angels is a canny piece of filmmaking, sure to absorb both audiences familiar with Kushner's plays and those who know little or nothing about him.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Beyond it's educational value for those unfamiliar with Kushner's work, politics, and sexuality (like myself), there's not much to grab onto here.

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Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times

The final portrait is unquestionably entertaining, very occasionally teasing and largely adoring. Because Kushner is a devoted political commentator, his thoughts on everything from America's role in the world to the nature of Zionism are on full display.

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Joey Guerra
Houston Chronicle

A sentimental valentine to a man who, underneath it all, simply wants to move people with his message.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A rich and uplifting film.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works.

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Charles McNulty
Los Angeles Times

This uncritical cinematic embrace doesn't do justice to a playwright who never met a Brechtian dialectic he didn't want to ponder more deeply.

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Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

[Director Freida Lee] Mock's approach to Kushner is so casual and friendly that it never steps outside of his own life for a glimpse of its context.

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