Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 11, 2014
    83
    The documentary includes peerless clips of Billie Holiday and Lester Young from a TV show Hentoff coproduced as well as snatches of an interview with a young Bob Dylan, a clip of Hentoff on William Buckley’s “Firing Line” TV show, and lots more worth your time.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 26, 2014
    75
    One might not think that bouncing back and forth between Jazz Hentoff and First Amendment Hentoff would make for consistently engaging viewing, but the movie is in fact remarkably fluid and never less than compelling.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 14, 2014
    70
    Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Jul 3, 2014
    70
    Director David Lewis' movie functions as mostly a highlights reel rather than an exhaustive look at Hentoff's life.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 24, 2014
    70
    This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 24, 2014
    70
    The film has its insights, but perhaps its greatest value is in how it offers something of a record of what time with the talkative, tireless Hentoff is like.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 26, 2014
    60
    This mellow chronicle of Nat Hentoff is like a tour through New York’s past.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 30, 2014
    60
    A sharp-looking and enjoyable doc that celebrates the writer's legacy but, in its willfully obscure structure, seems a bit too bent on echoing his famous nonconformity.

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