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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. (Two Left Legs, LLC) Expand
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  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. 88
    Skrovan swears that during two years of filming, Nader's only demand was, "Make sure you talk to people who oppose me."
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    80
    If the film shows that few men are as unreasonable as Ralph Nader, it also shows that few have so succeeded in shaping their world: His legacy of progressive legislation will affect generations to come.
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The ‘"unreasonable man" himself is interviewed, too, and he comes across as patient, articulate, and maddeningly uncompromising.
  6. What makes An Unreasonable Man so compelling is its perfectly fluid line. Simply put, the private Nader and the public Nader are the same: There are no contradictions with which to grapple, no byways to explore.
  7. 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. 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 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. Collapse
  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 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