A warmly celebratory portrait… [with] a dramatically and emotionally satisfying conclusion.
The pic's overall technical polish enhances its engaging storytelling… Undeniably impressive.
The all-star lineup of journalists who appear in Herblock: The Black and the White concur that Herblock (the editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, who adopted that pen name), was a rare talent: an incisive satirist, a prescient judge of character, a wielder of a sure graphic line and a class act to boot. Michael Stevens's laudatory documentary trumpets all these qualities, engaging in the very sort of mythologizing that its subject might have punctured in his heyday.
[An] introduction to an inspiring artist and farsighted patriot… Instantly satisfying.
A finely drawn portrait.
It is the fearlessness and conviction of one man who influenced the hearts and minds of a country that makes Herblock: The Black and the White such a compelling documentary.
Makes you reflect on the virtues of telling truth to power and not letting that increasingly rare ability go to your head. . . Seek it out as soon as you can.
The life of America's greatest political cartoonist provides an engaging history lesson for the Daily Show generation – and the makers of Herblock: The Black & The White draw him with style, wit, precision, and profound emotion.
The National Memo
Herblock was the finest political cartoonist of his day, and Herblock: The Black & The White makes it vividly clear why and how he was simultaneously a subversive, a patriot and a national institution, i.e. red, white and blue as well as in black and white. A must see movie for anyone who cares about cultural and political commentary, and a lot of fun to watch, too.
A film that shows why journalism in all its forms matters so much to our country, and it is a worthy tribute to an exceptionally gifted man.
Herblock: The Black & The White is one of the best films of the festival. This is a marvelous look at Herb Block’s decades long career as a political cartoonist. Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and others explain why political cartoonists are important and why Black was one of the all time best. What I love about the film is not only is it a portrait of Block, but it also is a wonderful look at the times he, and we, live in. A masterpiece.
Unseen Films: Tribeca Day 9 blog post
This lively portrait presents Herbert Block as the Jon Stewart of his era. The smart doc will play great on TV, but fine production values and a broad historical scope would be welcomed in niche theatrical bookings as well.
Herblock: The Black & The White tells the story of Herbert Block through the long arc of his career. In big bold strokes, the film tells the story of a man who came to Washington with pens and paper and became an icon.
From his bloodlines and his sight-lines, Michael Stevens knows a little something about saluting giants. On Thursday (AFI Docs), the city got to see how Michael Stevens – working with regular co-writer Sara Lukinson – would chronicle one of Washington’s greatest journalistic giants. Stevens and Lukinson have delivered an elegant and clear-eyed film that provides an inspiring portrait of Herblock, the legendary Post political cartoonist who visually commented on world events ranging from the Depression through the Bush-Gore election.
Washington Post blogpost
The film covers the entirety of Herbert Block’s life. The material that Herblock covered was quite expansive, but the film kept moving with relative ease. While the run time of the film is 95 minutes, director Michael Stevens manages to pack in lots of information without anything feeling unnecessary. Using the tons of different filmmaking techniques at their disposal, the filmmakers made this an engaging, enjoyable experience. Score A-
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