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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 20, 2014
    90
    If you can't place the name, or want to know more, Anita is a splendid place to start.
  2. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 20, 2014
    90
    Anita is an important historical document about an event that prompted a larger cultural conversation about sexual harassment. But, perhaps more important, it conveys Ms. Hill’s journey from an accuser alone to an activist who shares with, and listens to, others.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Mar 18, 2014
    90
    This intelligent and comprehensive documentary not only conveys the genuine nature of Hill herself, but also recreates the national sensibility of the time, an era when sexual harassment in the workplace was not yet a national concern.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Writer-director Freida Lee Mock’s concise and potent chronicle uses a wealth of archival video and numerous new interviews with its subject to properly contextualize Hill’s testimony as a landmark moment in the fight for gender equality.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Anita may be a tribute doc, but it’s one with real heft.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    Mock’s biases are clear here, and her documentary does at times feel a bit too worshipful of its subject... Still, the documentary remains a powerful time capsule. It’s a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Hill, how far we’ve come.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    If you were alive in 1991, the televised images may still stick in your mind and your craw.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    The film itself feels a bit padded and clunky.
  9. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Mar 21, 2014
    75
    As a documented record of Hill's story and her achievements, Anita is a serviceable, at times riveting documentary.
  10. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Jul 31, 2014
    63
    When Anita Hill took her seat before an all-white Senate committee in 1991, the optics said nearly as much about the systemic dynamics of race, gender and power in American politics as any of the specifics of the case at hand.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 20, 2014
    60
    Anita Hill deserves a great documentary chronicling her life, her trials and her ongoing impact. This underwhelming effort isn’t it.
  12. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 19, 2014
    60
    It doesn’t provide enough rigorously reported context about what happened in 1991 to feel like anything close to a definitive portrait of the Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas saga.
  13. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 20, 2014
    50
    Although Hill failed to derail Thomas’ career, she seems to consider her testimony a success: She remains a highly sought public speaker about workplace sexual harassment, which in large part thanks to her is much less tolerated than it once was.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 18, 2014
    50
    Too much of the movie feels like notes toward a portrait rather than the portrait itself, and Mock's failure to nail down the Thomas case drains the power from the victory-lap scenes of Hill addressing adoring crowds.
  15. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Mar 19, 2014
    33
    The problems with Anita start with director Freida Lee Mock’s attempt to fit this story into the template of a generic empowerment narrative.

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