An Unreasonable Man

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  • Summary: With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over forty on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, An Unreasonable Man traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century.With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over forty on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, An Unreasonable Man traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important, and controversial political figures of the past half century. (Two Left Legs, LLC) Expand

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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nader became famous as a "consumer advocate," but as the thrilling first hour of An Unreasonable Man makes clear, that humdrum bureaucratic term didn't do justice to his courage, his vision.
  2. Skrovan swears that during two years of filming, Nader's only demand was, "Make sure you talk to people who oppose me."
  3. 80
    An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy, guided by talking heads more pro than con, prominent among them the former Nader's Raiders who split over their leader's disastrous insistence that there was no difference worth talking about between Democrats and Republicans, yet retain enormous affection for his wit, integrity and incorruptible sense of mission.
  4. States straight off that the man's legacy has been tarnished in most of the liberal world's eyes by his being the spoiler of the 2000 presidential election. "It will be engraved on his tombstone," says his friend Phil Donahue.
  5. Mantel and Skrovan's documentary astutely reminds us of why we need the world's Naders. It's a reasonable movie about an often admirably unreasonable man.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A basically admiring if critical portrait, documentary by Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan (strangely, both standup comics and TV comedy writer-producers) finds more than enough absorbing material to hold interest through nearly three-hour runtime.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    60
    The film contends admiringly, and convincingly, that Ralph Nader's authentic sense of outrage is the reason he persists when he can't prevail.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jon
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    The directors obviously like Ralph Nader, and so do I. They are fair to those who dislike or hate him, but Ralph comes across as the more The directors obviously like Ralph Nader, and so do I. They are fair to those who dislike or hate him, but Ralph comes across as the more reasonable (actually) both in argument and presentation. Ralph is witty and humorous, talks substance and issues, does not descend to invective and ad hominem, and this is pretty much true of his defenders. It's not true of his opponents. They come across as humorless fanatics. Although it's two hours long, I remained engaged and interested throughout. Excellent photography, use of archival film, and editing. Should be seen by all who considiser themselves a citizen. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 11, 2007
    7
    A good, at times fascinating, documentary about a bad man. It is well made and flows very well from point to point. It contains crucial A good, at times fascinating, documentary about a bad man. It is well made and flows very well from point to point. It contains crucial background information that most people would not know and it has some priceless interviews. It could use a little more about Bush's stance on Nadar, but all in all, it is a honorable 2007 documentary worth seeing if you have a political mind. 7.4 Expand

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