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169 Ratings


Directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen
United States, 2018


A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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RBG Directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Song

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Best Documentary

The fascination of RBG is in part the story it tells, amply laying out what has made R.B.G. such an important force in the legal profession since her days at Harvard Law School in the 50s. But it’s also, significantly if less obviously, a telling example of how our long-overdue enthusiasm is prone to manifesting itself in the dominant feminism of the moment.
May 03, 2018
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[Hale County This Morning, This Evening] opened audiences’ eyes to a depiction of black families, and in particular of young black men, almost never seen in either documentary or fiction. Which is not to say that the doc sections lacked more conventionally shaped, socially conscious movies, the most exciting of which was Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s RBG, a biopic of the Supreme Court Justice that makes me wish I had saved until this moment the word “extraordinary” for Ginsburg alone.
March 03, 2018
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Given that the ghost of Harvey Weinstein’s career hovered over this year’s event, this female rage seemed apt. So too did the presence of “RBG,” an entertaining, predictably stirring documentary from Betsy West and Julie Cohen that traces the personal and professional battles fought by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
January 25, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film RBG

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg is wonderful, amazing. This film is not my kinda thing, altho I suppose it is ok for what it is. Most of it is people sitting in chairs talking, or the camera panning over a still image. This doesn't fulfill my need for a "motion picture". The most visually interesting part was watching her work out in the gym. While I had this on, I made my dinner and ate it, and I'm sure I missed nothing.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film RBG

    The filmmaking is as conventional as documentaries get, and little revelatory footage is unearthed. Choir-preaching? Undeniably. But even if we weren't praying that its subject lives another 6 years, this would still be a prime example on how to organize a doc to make a historical narrative smooth and purposeful. And, even while it's busy being starstruck, it has a perceptive eye for shifting American political life.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film RBG

    An important documentary of an important historical figure. I had no idea of her history as an attorney who argued very specific cases to point out the discrepancies of treatment based on gender in U.S. law. People find it surprising that she was friends with Scalia; despite his political leanings, he was very similar to her husband: gregarious, funny, and cultured.

  • msmichel's rating of the film RBG

    The life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her acquired role/reputation in today's culture is well examined in this documentary by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Ginsberg is a force of nature and feminist icon who indeed helped lay the path in the fight against patriarchal society and helped secure the role woman has in today's society. But the film is more than just political jargon showing us the humanistic/familial side too

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film RBG

    I can't say I wasn't let down by this hyped documentary. I know the woman is a very important symbol of democracy and women's rights activism today, but the film kinda tries to sell you on a reliable product and only sometimes remembers that this product is a human being with flesh and bones. But although the filmmaking part left me cold, Mrs. Ginsberg's story and presence are great nonetheless.

  • Annie Gentil-Kraatz's rating of the film RBG

    This documentary is really informative about her life in general and also about her invaluable work defending women and minorities and fighting against injustice. She is such an inspiring character and she is incredibly fun too, not taking herself too seriously despite her position in the Supreme Court. I would happily watch it a second time. Now I understand what all the buzz is about and it is well deserved.

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film RBG

    Like someone else said, the subject's more interesting than the film, itself. It seems to hit point-by-point Ginsberg's Wikipedia page, without really digging deeper into her as a person. On top of that, the method of presentation is a tad heavy-handed (the abstraction of quotes as they're being read in empty courtrooms, etc.)

  • jooley's rating of the film RBG

    Nothing groundbreaking here, but if you want a positive and inspiring light viewing that is relevant to the times we are living in (which is in dreadfully short supply), look no further. Quiet little old ladies garnering this kind of fame based on their competence and strength of character is exactly what we as a society should be hoping for. Cheers to her!

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