Kenneth Baker

Kenneth Baker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 56% of the time.

Publications:
San Francisco Chronicle
Total Reviews:
29

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 29 of 29
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 92% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " Although expertly edited, Johnsen's film, whose soundtrack ends with Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," presents a less effective portrait of Ai than Klayman's does. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
1/4 67% Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013) " The film's hymn of praise quickly grows cloying, thanks partly to a relentless musical soundtrack. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " "Far Out Isn't Far Enough" [has] a raconteur's charm rare among film studies of artists' lives. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Klayman acquaints us with the man behind the decisions, an extraordinarily down-to-earth yet cosmopolitan figure, full of mischief, courage and defiance. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 93% Gerhard Richter Painting (2012) " It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 3, 2012
2/4 85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) " [Davis] underplays the place of drugs in the downtown club scene, treating the artist's heroin use as a nearly unaccountable late affliction. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 2, 2010
4/4 70% Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) " As soon as Guest of Cindy Sherman ended, I wanted to see it again for its high entertainment value and to determine better what I had just witnessed. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2009
3/4 80% Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2009) " ...will leave an audience feeling both lightened and illuminated. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/4 79% Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009) " Isaiah's work frequently rewards the camera's roving attention, but his self-absorption and lack of self-insight make him a sad subject even for as forgiving a study as In a Dream. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/4 65% The Universe of Keith Haring (2008) " In its filmic conventionality and reliance on driving musical soundtrack, The Universe of Keith Haring actually makes too little of his gift for thinking out loud in images. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2008
3/4 64% Beautiful Losers (2008) " The film's score, by Money Mark, is an entertainment in itself. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3/4 92% The Cool School (2008) " No one emerges very well defined from this historical shuffle, but those who know the artists' works, or names such as Hopps and Blum, but have never heard them speak, will find The Cool School absorbing and informative. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2008
2/4 84% Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) " Wagstaff's character accounts for some of the frustration the film induces. Crumb's documentary style accounts for the rest. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2008
2/4 75% Alice Neel (2007) " So many people speak onscreen, from so many folds of Neel's life, that, despite captions, the viewer feels taxed to keep straight their identities and relationships to Neel. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3.5/4 83% The Gates (2008) " People say the $20 million cost of 'The Gates' would have been better spent feeding people, he notes, 'but this feeds the soul.' To a lesser extent, so does the documentary about it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/4 94% My Kid Could Paint That (2007) " Bar-Lev goes to the heart of the issue -- that all art, but especially abstract art -- demands commitment on every side, but commitment takes many forms and has many motives behind it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/4 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) " Again and again, Baichwal tapers passages of her film toward resolution in the form of a finished picture by Burtynsky, telescoping her vision and his. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3.5/5 83% The Rape of Europa (2007) " Fortunately, historical facts far outweigh psychological speculation in The Rape of Europa. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2007
2/4 67% Stolen (2006) " In telling the story of an unsolved crime, they use every trick available to awaken and prolong suspense before a payoff that never comes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2006
2/4 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) " How much more persuasive Sketches of Frank Gehry might have been had Pollack differentiated degrees of achievement in Gehry's work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 26, 2006
1/4 57% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) " Allegedly all these incidents connect symbolically in Barney's mind, but in the viewer's, they thud, inert and separate as stones. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 12, 2006
3/4 81% How to Draw a Bunny (2004) " Cumulatively [Johnson's] collages, letters and performances -- and his legend -- compose a self-portrait of striking wryness and complexity. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2004
55% Chelsea Girls (1966) " Watching and waiting brought some amazing performances before Warhol's camera: Emerson's stoned monologue, Ondine's violent, sourly comic rant on being pope. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2004
67% Cremaster 4 (1995) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 7, 2003
83% Cremaster 5 (1997) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 7, 2003
75% Cremaster 1 (1996) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2003
77% Cremaster 2 (1999) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 8, 2003
1/4 65% Cremaster 3 (2003) " Viewers of Barney's crushingly self-indulgent spectacle will see nothing in it to match the ordeal of sitting through it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 23, 2003
4/4 89% Russian Ark (2002) " Merely as a technical, logistical feat, Russian Ark marks a cinematic milestone. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 14, 2003
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