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Page One: Inside the New York Times Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I enjoyed the film very much. It was a visceral pleasure to see a hard-boiled guy like David Carr at its center.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Dynamic, absorbing documentary has some strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary about the last few turbulent years in the history of the New York Times is rated R primarily for its strong but infrequent language, which includes several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and "p---y." There's some sexual innuendo in the context of a newspaper story, and viewers see some vaguely disturbing YouTube video footage. One reporter is also a recovering drug addict; he talks openly about his past problem. While its content may not be age-appropriate for younger viewers, this dynamic documentary has the power to inspire teens and up to get involved in the exciting business of journalism.

  • Families can talk about the movie's central argument. How important is the New York Times? Would Internet news sites be able to operate as well without the content coming from the big city paper?
  • What is the future of journalism? How has the changing media landscape affected both the business and the art of reporting? Do you think print papers can survive in the long term?
  • Considering some of the Times' embarrassments in recent years (Judith Miller, Jayson Blair), is the paper still trustworthy? How important is reputation in the world of news and journalism?
  • Are the violent imagery, strong language, and sexual innuendo in the movie necessary? Are they needed in the context of writing newspaper stories?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Several big thinkers try to wrestle with the question of what will happen to the newspaper business in general and the New York Times in particular; it's an unanswerable question, but the reporters at the Times work hard to overcome the depressing odds and solve these problems.

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    Role models: The movie focuses mostly on three reporters and one editor, all of whom try to work hard, hang onto their integrity, and keep a positive outlook for the future. One of them, David Carr, uses foul language and sometimes seems abrasive, but he's also the most outspoken cheerleader for the paper.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A couple of YouTube clips depict violence in the Middle East, specifically shootings, as well as some other vaguely disturbing imagery. The footage is brief and blurry, and without spoken descriptions, viewers likely wouldn't be able to tell what was being shown.

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    Sex: Some sexual innuendo, in the context of a reporter working on a story.

  • language false4

    Language: Language isn't constant, but one scene in particular contains many uses of "f--k." That word also appears a few more times throughout the rest of the movie; others include "hell," "goddamn," "s--t," and "p--y."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is a recovering drug addict. He talks openly about his problem, which is in the past.