Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017)

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City offers a compelling overview of an influential activist's importance -- and underscores why the spirit of her work remains crucial today.

Adam Graham
Detroit News

Tyrnauer uses a ton of archival footage to tell his story, and brings it in at a brisk 92 minutes.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This straightforward and bracingly optimistic documentary explains the ways that shaping politics and wielding power can ease urban decline or inflate it.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

While Citizen Jane is prescribed by a very specific time and place, it does offer up some tactics for the continuing struggle to preserve the idea that cities should be for everyone and not simply those who can afford to live there.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

She was also one tough cookie who appreciated a good fight. A bit more internal tussle would have both better honored her spirit and made for a better documentary.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion. And, in a way, it does ...

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

A bracing, insightful study of how cities are made and sometimes destroyed.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Most good documentaries are powered by conflict, and you couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer

In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Like his previous film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the famous fashion designer, director Matt Tyrnauer takes on a fascinating subject yet mostly consolidates existing information without adding much to our knowledge base.

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