The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000)

Portrait of the legendary Bronx-born Jewish baseball player who came close to breaking Babe Ruth's record--hitting 58 home runs in a single season--he was baseball's first Jewish star. Tall (6'4"), handsome, and uncommonly… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 12, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is an affectionate, often very funny portrait of a baseball pioneer.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's an adroit manipulation of interviews and stock footage, mostly along the lines of establishing not so much what Hammerin' Hank did for himself, but what he meant to American Jews.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Aviva Kempner hits a grand slam in her thrilling documentary about baseball, about a great baseball player, about Jews in America and about the country itself in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Former Detroiter Kempner infuses her portrait of Hank Greenberg with such a joie de vivre that it's a delight for the already converted and nonsports fans alike.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a gem of a baseball documentary because it illuminates what the Hall of Famer's splendid career meant away from the ballpark.

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Robert Wilonsky
New Times

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is precisely what a documentary ought to be: engaging and revelatory, turning forgotten footnotes and discarded minutiae into the stuff of riveting drama and poignant laughs.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Writer-director Aviva Kempner crafted this love letter to Greenberg by imaginatively weaving interviews with great footage from newsreels and feature films.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it.

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Kam Williams

A moving tribute to an overlooked American icon who invariably exhibited an admirable combination of integrity, humility and loyalty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Hank Greenberg was good enough to have me commemorate his career on my pretend baseball hall of fame. Not that I had ever seen him play but his stats seemed… More