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  • Summary: Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 28, 2014
    88
    To Be Takei is a celebration of a man of great resilience, infectious humor, a voracious appetite for the richness of the human experience, and the best laugh in the history of laughing.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 21, 2014
    80
    Indeed, the doc works best as a relationship study, filled with endearing moments of intimate bickering. Takei is a self-admitted ham but a playful one, projecting his confidence in increasingly meaningful directions.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 19, 2014
    75
    In the new documentary To Be Takei, it becomes clear that Takei is a man who defies expectations and subverts stereotypes at virtually every turn. It’s just a shame the movie wasn’t as progressive as its subject.
  4. Reviewed by: Penny Walker
    Aug 21, 2014
    70
    The film is choppy in parts, but it is George Takei's approachability, his constant big laughter, even his singing (he performs "Don't Fence Me In" after explaining how the internment camps made the lyrics poignant to him) that tie it together.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 20, 2014
    67
    Takei is a natural storyteller who lends an enjoyable flow to the movie’s uncomplicated proceedings.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 21, 2014
    60
    Director Jennifer Kroot’s good-natured biography is so appealing that even non-Trekkies may be convinced we needed a full-length documentary about the man who was Sulu.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    [Ms. Kroot's] banalizing documentary is self-defeating as it tags along with Mr. Takei and his wonky husband, Brad, on their busy daily schedule.

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