Jimmy Carter Man From Plains Synopsis
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme explores the private and public life of President Jimmy Carter.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An intriguing document, and the first significant film ever made about a former U.S. president.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's galvanizing to see it played out through the furious contradiction of Carter's personality. He is pious, stubborn, compassionate,...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A documentary that falls somewhere between overlong and compelling as it follows the 39th president on his controversial book tour.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Shows a man whose beliefs, both political and religious, seem to reinvigorate him; he even carries his own luggage in airports and hotels.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though not exactly a valentine to the octogenarian Nobel Peace Prize winner, the film is a lovingly rendered, candid and intimate portrait.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The minutiae of Carter's book tour isn't always enthralling, but his personality drives the film: pious, stubborn, devoted to his wife,...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There is no doubting Jonathan Demme's admiration for our 39th President: It's apparent from the opening scenes.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Uncritical, but not unaffecting.
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50

Chicago Tribune

Carter comes off as compassionate and intelligent. But the complex issues brought up in his book don’t get much more than a superficial...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Blandly interesting.
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Fantastic

By makodawg
I didn't know what to expect. I have read a couple of JC's books but still unexpectedly saw a very well done movie. JC is the American version of WIlliam Wallace.. The man is 83 years old and has...

Outstanding

By Cartman1968
History is showing us that Jimmy Carter was actually a great president....

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Rated PG | For some thematic elements and brief disturbing images