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  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Filled with abundant evidence of Goodman as a public intellectual, assembled by its director Jonathan Lee, who believes the time is here for a rediscovery of his ideas. show more

  • 75
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    This bio-documentary of a New Left godfather presents a formidable character simpatico with today's zeitgeist in his championing of "spontaneous uprising." show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As documentaries go, it's an able introduction that doesn't make its subject nearly as relevant to our current discontents as it could. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Mostly though, it feels like we're watching a superficial gloss on Goodman's CV rather than a probing interrogation of his legacy. For the choir only. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    As bluntly humanist and free-ranging as its subject, this brisk take on the life of poet, sociologist, educator, psychologist, and general pain-in-the-ass gadfly Paul Goodman is as much endangered-species doc as biography. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    I suspect that he would have approved of Mr. Lee's film, and not only because it approves so unreservedly of him. Paul Goodman Changed My Life may not have that effect on every viewer, but it has a passionate, almost prophetic sense of the impact that a writer and thinker can have on his times and the future. show more

  • 70
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Reminiscences about Goodman and readings of his poetry are played over old pictures that capture his singularly seductive appeal and lively sense of humor. show more

  • 70
    Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader

    In this heady documentary, TV footage of left-wing social critic Paul Goodman being interviewed by conservative host William F. Buckley Jr. in 1966 makes one realize how low public discourse in America has sunk since then: despite the men's political differences, their freewheeling discussion, touching on topics from education to pornography, is playful instead of rancorous. show more

  • 83
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    Perhaps it's a tribute to the breadth of Goodman's life that even after 90 minutes, it feels as if we've just scratched the surface. show more

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