Based on 24 votes and 6 reviews
Great presentation of the public library and what it's really all about. Done with as much imagination and loving care as his earlier film, The Way. Also, his acting as a librarian is very amazing. As a librarian myself, I could not believe how well he captured the character.
Loved this thoughtful (and surprisingly funny) film. Do yourself a favour and see it!
A gentle spotlight on a critical social issue makes this easy for the audience to engage throughout. Lovely comic relief and sensational twist ending. Loved it and will watch again!
Amazing film! Set in a public library, THE PUBLIC tackles challenging issues of homelessness, addiction, mental illness, fake news, and the militarization of law enforcement. This 12-year project was filmed in just 22 days at the Cincinnati Public Library. With a very small budget, Estevez is relying on word-of-mouth to get people through the doors, and this is definitely one to watch. I was fortunate enough to catch it at a promotional premiere in January, but it's a film that I intend to see again now that it's playing in a city within a couple of hours from where I live. Expect hard-truths, laughter, tears, and a story that explores the role libraries and librarians currently play in our society.
The funny, serious, and heart-warming story that portrayed a truthful picture of the important role that libraries and librarians play on our democratic society.