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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A canny piece of filmmaking, sure to absorb both audiences familiar with Kushner's plays and those who know little or nothing about him. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Freida Lee Mock's adulatory portrait makes for pleasant viewing - but should it? show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An adulatory documentary that could well have been titled "Ode to Kushner." As good-looking and well-crafted as it is -- cinematographers Eddie Marritz and Don Lenzer, who were on board for Mock's "Maya Lin," as well as Bestor Cram provide the rich visuals -- the film suffers from a crucial lack of perspective. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Mock's film leaves us with a sense of gratitude and relief that so thoughtful an artist as Kushner continues to work among us, capturing and reacting to the world as he buzzes through it. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The filmmaker invites us to reconsider the author as someone warmer and less intimidating than his body of work. On that count, Wrestling With Angels succeeds. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Mock didn't find room for any of the many critics who accuse Kushner of being an anti-Zionist - and the film unfortunately ends in 2004, just before its subject began working on his controversial script for Steven Spielberg's "Munich." show more

  • 75
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Kushner's proactive stance on gay rights is prominently aired and, to a lesser extent, so are his musings on the Arab-Israeli situation. His participation in the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's controversial "Munich" did not make it into the film. show more

  • 75
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    Despite the accumulated facts, the lack of any commentators outside Kushner's circle of family and admirers and the refusal, in fact, to wrestle with the thornier questions of identity and criticism make this a worthwhile but imperfect film. show more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly

    Wrestling with Angels could use some brouhaha: It's a bit too much of a pleasant air kiss from a fan, and doesn't engage inquisitively enough with Kushner's often controversial and very political ideas. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    It's a loving film, but Kushner's own characters are more richly textured than Mock's depiction of the playwright and the divided, divisive world he's trying to fathom. show more

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