The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994)

Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher-Allen Ginsberg's remarkable life shaped the very soul of American… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 17, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While it doesn't expose new sides of this familiar intellectual icon, it provides us generous views of the man in action.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

For this double-disc DVD release, director Aronson has assembled a wealth of extra footage, much of it more interesting and revealing than the movie itself.

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Emanuel Levy

Not the last word on the noted Jewish poet: Considering Ginsberg's flamboyant and complex personality and the intriguing writers-artists in his life, Jerry Aronson's documentary is disappointingly conventional.

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Darren Reidy
Village Voice

There's little here for those who know the story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Worth seeing for all the memories of cultural changes it evokes.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Exactly what its sardonic, trail-blazing, brilliant subject was not: square.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Commentators who couldn't take flower power or Buddhist chants or even poetry seriously were doomed to underestimate (Ginsberg's) resolve time and again.

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Kam Williams

Comprehensive bio-pic of the Beat Generation poet best remembered for 'Howl' the epic poem which opens with the immortal line, 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.' Cool, Daddy-O!

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A lot of the information is redundant and the pacing is quite leisurely, to put it mildly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
I'm not an expert on the Beat Generation which I think is a particular shame because I think I would have appreciated this document a heck of a lot more if… More