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An Unreasonable Man Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Nader became famous as a "consumer advocate," but as the thrilling first hour of An Unreasonable Man makes clear, that humdrum bureaucratic term didn't do justice to his courage, his vision.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film contends admiringly, and convincingly, that Ralph Nader's authentic sense of outrage is the reason he persists when he can't prevail.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Editors Alexis Provost and Beth Gallagher cut back and forth between the talking heads so deftly that you have the illusion that Nader is answering his critics in real time in a very lively debate.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Mantel and Skrovan's documentary astutely reminds us of why we need the world's Naders. It's a reasonable movie about an often admirably unreasonable man.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Compelling Nader docu isn't just for lefties.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary comes from a clearly leftist perspective in its discussion of citizenship, activism, and electoral politics. This is not an unbiased portrait of Nader or politics and people who disagree with Nader's politics may become angry watching this film. There are fleeting images of injured people being carted off in an ambulance after a car accident. There's also a lot of discussion of corporate corruption and of our government and our economy being corrupt, which may be too complex a topic for some teens. Other teens may take it as gospel, and have a hard time thinking critically about the documentary. So families interested in the subject matter will want to watch and discuss this movie together.

  • Families can talk about what their definition of a citizen is. Do you agree with Nader's father that the obligation of a school is not just to teach children to learn but also to think critically? This film is also a great opportunity to have a real discussion about electoral politics and third parties. Where do you stand on Nader's belief that the Republicans and Democrats are both corporate shills?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The message here is the virtue of being a "professional citizen." There's lots of discussion of the obligations of being an American citizen, but people also question Nader's sincerity, loyalty, and ego.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Brief images of people bleeding and injured from car accidents.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mention of putting a hand on a woman's "fanny," but no real discussion of sex or sexual situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Several people swear, including "bulls--t," "son of a bitch" and "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some discussion of drinking, but no one does it on-screen.