They call her the “Notorious RBG.” At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unexplored. Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen craft a thoughtful and often hilarious look at the rise of a woman who once had to validate her acceptance into Harvard Law when the dean asked her, “How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?” A woman who graduated top of her class but could not get a job. A teacher. A grandmother. A staunch fighter for gender equality. RBG looks at her monumental victories arguing cases before the Court, her supportive home life with her wonderful family and friends (who call her “Kiki”), and her ultimate ascension to the highest court in the land. Featuring interviews with Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg, and the legend herself, there is no dissent here; RBG paints a powerhouse portrait of one of the most influential justices to ever sit on the Supreme Court.
USA, 2018, 97 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West
“Vital. A fist-pumping, crowd pleasing doc.”– Kate Erbland, INDIEWIRE
“A must-see. An incredible eye-opening journey. You have to recognize the impact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made to the fabric of our country.”– David Fear, ROLLING STONE
“Stands as a film that informs, and sometimes even delights with its portrait of one of the more remarkable lawyers, judges, and feminist icons of our time.”– Bilge Ebiri, VILLAGE VOICE
“Fierce and unexpectedly romantic.”– Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT
“The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.”– A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Moving, clear-eyed. This woman is a force. Emphasize(s) not just Ginsburg’s work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.”– Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES