(2005)

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75
It's an intriguing portrait, but it makes no pretense at objectivity, erring on the side of hero worship.
75
A thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
70
Unfortunately, Rae's film is split down the middle, and the appeal of its latter half depends on your tolerance for earnest politico-poetry set to wailing rock guitar and Native American chants and extraneously endorsed by celebrity talking heads. The backstory portion of the film, though, is riveting.
63
TV Guide
Rae's 80-minute film isn't able to answer every question or flesh out important details of these events, and she spends more time on Trudell's artistic endeavors than on his direct political action.
60
The New York Times
No one in the film has a bad word to say about Mr. Trudell, despite his 17,000-page F.B.I. dossier; and by the time Robert Redford assures us that meeting him is not dissimilar to meeting the Dalai Lama, you may feel that all this worship does not do justice to an unusually stormy and complicated life.
50
New York Daily News
Rae does offer a riveting introduction to the American Indian civil rights movement.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Feels padded in some places, truncated in others. It also feels too respectful, especially when its subject is such a deep thinker and questioner of authority.
40
While Trudell has a few interesting and emotional moments in its second half, from the start it is badly hobbled by its worshipful tone.
40
The man whom the FBI described as "extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous" here seems about as threatening as Mother Teresa.
25
New York Post
Politics aside, Trudell plays like an infomercial for its subject rather than a serious examination of the man and his beliefs.

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