Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
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Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
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 on a revised version of +Brundibar. A trip to Kushner's hometown of Lake Charles, LA, provides a personal touch as the playwright attends his father's birthday party, with quiet scenes in his Hudson River Valley retreat offering moments of thoughtful meditation that stand in stark contrast to his harried Manhattan business dealings.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"A worthwhile but imperfect film."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Although the analysis is far from deep, Mock's film succeeds as an above-average introduction to the playwright, especially to an audience unfamiliar with his work."
‑ Francesca Dinglasan, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"A sentimental valentine to a man who, underneath it all, simply wants to move people with his message."
‑ Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle
"A rich and uplifting film."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Flaws aside, Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner is still worth a look for its glimpse at one of the leading voices of 21st century American drama."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"Even if you're not a fan of his work, it's a good thing to see, and is worth a view when it gets on TV sometime in the new year."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
"[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."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"While Wrestling With Angels is definitely a worthwhile experience, you'd expect it to be a more dramatic one, considering what Kushner has produced."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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