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Page One: Inside the New York Times

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dynamic, absorbing documentary has some strong language.

Movie R 2011 88 minutes
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Overall, this is a dynamic, supple documentary, open to differing opinions and ideas without concluding anything. It finds a good, rich balance of characters, and strikes gold with Carr, who's a hardened, cynical character unafraid to speak the truth; viewers see him striking down his opponents as well as bestowing his love and respect upon colleagues.

It's fascinating to watch Carr and his fellow reporters work, often waiting for calls to be returned or for elusive final confirmations. But the victories are here, too; in its way, Page One is as exciting a newspaper movie as All the President's Men. In a relatively brief span, the movie covers an amazing rich amount of material, and though it doesn't paint a rosy picture, it certainly doesn't pronounce the paper dead, either. Ultimately, it provides a certain amount of hope.

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