100

San Francisco Chronicle

Both a memoir and a history lesson, the film looks back on their late father - a crusading civil rights lawyer who later defended a host of unsavory characters - with a combination of love, admiration and bafflement for the man he was and the career he forged.
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90

Los Angeles Times

Terrific archival footage from a range of seminal civil rights events, as well as affecting narration written by Sarah Kunstler and spoken by Emily Kunstler (who also edited the film), round out this superior documentary.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
His pluck and chutzpah shine through.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This engrossing and provocative documentary is also about a tragic kind of liberal guilt.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a view filtered through a prism of memory and emotion, but one well worth investigating.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It is said that everyone either loved or hated radical defense lawyer William Kunstler. A documentary by his daughters asks, "Why choose 'or' instead of 'both'?"
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Compelling portrait of famed radical lawyer by his daughters.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This doc, made by Kunstler's daughters Emily and Sarah, doesn't pretend to be unbiased, but it nonetheless has an unblinking view of its subject. They must have learned a thing or two from dad.
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The film slowly loses the sobering toughness of its initial inquiry, and finally comes off as bloodline-biased hagiography.
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62 out of 100
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