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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    It's clear by the end that one Ruth Gruber is worth more than 100 pundits fighting about partisan politics. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Richman's no-nonsense approach, which relies heavily on interviews with the eloquent, 98-year-old Gruber, feels more suited to a televised biography. show more

  • 80
    Nick Schager Time Out New York

    It's Gruber's own remembrances (and a wealth of accompanying archival photos and film footage) that best mark her life as a case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition and individualism. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    The unspooling of her life is a truly fascinating yarn of proto-feminist achievement and humbling empathy. show more

  • 80
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Although Gruber's personal life and latter accomplishments are mostly addressed via a few closing sentences, "Ahead" remains a fleet and fitting tribute. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Ahead of Time follows Ms. Gruber to speaking engagements and encounters with relatives and old friends. Ever present are her lucid memory and articulate, compassionate bearing. She is an inspiration for career women, certainly, but also for us all. show more

  • 70

    Wisely letting his lively, articulate nonagenarian subject narrate her life story through interviews and lectures, debuting director Bob Richman (a noted indie cameraman) compellingly blends a plethora of choice archival materials and contempo footage. show more

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