Ahead of Time
Ahead of Time (2010)

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 10, 2010
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Through interviews, photos and letters, Robert Richman's documentary gives insight into Gruber's life as well as the immense potential that comes with an irrepressible personality and a good dose of patience.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Although Gruber's personal life and latter accomplishments are mostly addressed via a few closing sentences, Ahead remains a fleet and fitting tribute.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

This now-99-year-old Brooklyn native can still tell a good yarn -- and her accomplishments make a pretty compelling story, too.

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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film packs a staggering amount of Gruber's life into 75 minutes.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

[This] graceful documentary portrait directed by Bob Richman, illustrates just how extraordinary her life [subject Ruth Gruber] has been.

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Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

The journalist as advocate and activist has rarely been contained in a more compelling package than Ruth Gruber.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

There are points where shots of Gruber's old newspaper clips actually supply clearer information than the narrative (for quick-reading viewers, at any rate).

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Nick Schager
Time Out

A case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition and individualism.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Richman's eye for talking-head cleanliness and spritely archival interpolation betrays the project's undeniable professionalism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Ahead of Time" is a mildly interesting documentary that serves as a pedestrian walk back through time for Dr. Ruth Gruber who at 96 finds herself… More