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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Both a memoir and a history lesson, the film looks back on their late father - a crusading civil rights lawyer who later defended a host of unsavory characters - with a combination of love, admiration and bafflement for the man he was and the career he forged. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's a view filtered through a prism of memory and emotion, but one well worth investigating. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This doc, made by Kunstler's daughters Emily and Sarah, doesn't pretend to be unbiased, but it nonetheless has an unblinking view of its subject. They must have learned a thing or two from dad. show more

  • 70
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Compelling portrait of famed radical lawyer by his daughters. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It is said that everyone either loved or hated radical defense lawyer William Kunstler. A documentary by his daughters asks, "Why choose 'or' instead of 'both'?" show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This engrossing and provocative documentary is also about a tragic kind of liberal guilt. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The film slowly loses the sobering toughness of its initial inquiry, and finally comes off as bloodline-biased hagiography. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    His pluck and chutzpah shine through. show more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times

    Terrific archival footage from a range of seminal civil rights events, as well as affecting narration written by Sarah Kunstler and spoken by Emily Kunstler (who also edited the film), round out this superior documentary. show more

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