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Reviews for 'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City'
Glenn Kenny provides a brief review of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," directed by Matt Tyrnauer. According to Kenny, the film " chronicles the author and activist Jane Jacobs’s opposition to several ambitious, potentially ruinous Robert Moses projects…"
Kenny's lukewarm review decides the film is "only intermittently stimulating," but succeeds most when showing archival footage of the two main subjects.
Bob Mondello, however, writing for NPR's All Things Considered, found more to appreciate in the film, describing the film's depiction of the 20th century worlds of urban renewal and citizen activism as a call to image "city planning as a contact sport." This review's decision about the film is unequivocally more positive: "Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function — it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity."