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: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Citizen Jane takes on an invigorating richness as it delves into issues of sexism (Jacobs, a respected journalist, was often painted by her foes as an angry mother), economic despair and the complex idea of the "master builder."

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner

Whether you are familiar with Jacobs' ideas or are a newcomer, this documentary merits 92 minutes of your time.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a complicated tale, and at 92 minutes, the film is a very brief summary. But it's a story that needs telling, as Tyrnauer proves ...

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Bob Mondello

Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function - it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity.

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Elias Savada
Film International

In aspritely edited feature, Tyrnauer pushes his audience to make the connection between the turbulent growth spurts of the 1950s and 1960s with today's political aspirations.

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April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

Tyrnauer transforms what could be a staid profile film into an urgent story about the dangers of "urban renewal," something Jacobs herself would admire.

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Alex Bozikovic
Globe and Mail

[A] gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film.

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Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

A documentary that should be seen by anyone interested in the future of cities -- especially those as fraught with housing problems as Vancouver -- Citizen Jane is a fascinating call to arms for urban dwellers who don't mind fighting city hall.

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