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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Sadly, the film gets mired in traditionalism, something the man himself always railed against. But worth a look for seeing intellectual bravery (still) at work. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Considering the importance of the still active 93-year-old poet’s art and social activism, the film seems slight and discursive, more of an introduction than a definitive portrait. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    ‘A brave man and a brave poet.” That’s Bob Dylan talking about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, publisher, anarchist, civil libertarian — in this lively documentary by Christopher Felver. show more

  • 38
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Christopher Felver is too reverent to properly convey the invigoratingly profane, angry messiness of the sense of community that Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his peers too briefly brought to life. show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Christopher Felver, while an inspired photographer, is not the director for the job; he dutifully ticks off Ferlinghetti’s major achievements — such as the founding of North Beach’s literary mecca, City Lights — yet never imbues his life with anything more than lefty zeal. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    As big a bouquet as the film is to Mr. Ferlinghetti, it is also a mash note to City Lights, a cultural touchstone and North Beach landmark. show more

  • 40
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    Christopher Felver's stumbling hagiography Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder does no wrong by its celebrated subject-- but it never illuminates him, either. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Ferlinghetti’s home-brewed brand of anarchism is weirdly as American as apple pie. show more

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