Eleven Minutes Reviews

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Alexis Loinaz
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
April 2, 2009

McCarroll is as cocky and cantankerous as he is compelling, which leads to a glut of histrionic moments, including spectacular scuffles with his publicists and his staff.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
March 7, 2009

Jay McCarroll is surprisingly endearing in a familiar fashion doc.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
March 6, 2009

McCarroll comes off as a likable and talented guy, amazingly calm as the Big Moment arrives and the guy making his models' shoes is nowhere to be found.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 3, 2009

...a more real piece of work than one would expect.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
February 25, 2009

Even if you've never heard of Project Runway, the battle between art and wicked compromise never goes out of style.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
February 24, 2009

The dynamics of fashioning low-end fashion are amusing but a little of McCarroll goes a long way.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 21, 2009

A well-edited and moderately fascinating documentary lacking in truly illuminating and profound insights.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

For general audiences, it could use a bit of, ahem, tailoring - taking in here and there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

Though this is the rare documentary that admirably admits recording "reality" on film actually shapes how people behave under the camera's gaze, I think Eleven Minutes is going to appeal mostly to hard-core fashionistas.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

Fashion fanatics will appreciate the behind-thescenes perspective as McCarroll plans his first show.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

The filmmakers cram their slice of the fashion world with no detail overlooked, and in doing so they capture that brisk, intoxicating New York atmosphere of smart, no-nonsense professionalism.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
February 20, 2009

A decent behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world, a serviceable primer on what it takes to conceive, execute and present a collection and a diverting introduction to an entertaining personality.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

Reveals the fundamental silliness of fashion.

| Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
February 19, 2009

Like its subject, whose designs were partly inspired by hot-air balloons, this documentary, by Michael Selditch and Rob Tate, sometimes seems buoyant to the point of weightlessness. It can also be fawning, but it's far from hot air.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper
E! Online
February 19, 2009

A superbly crafted, bargain-budget documentary that profiles a fascinating underdog and skillfully explores the troubled territory between reality TV and reality.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
February 19, 2009

Eleven Minutes is better when the cameras stay on McCarroll and allow him to voice his extreme ambivalence about being a reality-TV creation, and about the industry and his place within it. As ever, he plays the consummate outsider to perfection.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
February 19, 2009

What is meant to be a no-holds-barred exploration of the creative process often comes across more like the tiresome Confessions of a Reality TV Darling.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 19, 2009

The process for putting on a high-profile fashion show seems endlessly fascinating even if it's hard to find reason to care about Jay McCarroll as the film's central subject.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 19, 2009

This delirious, delicious, deconstructing look at the recent real-world entry into fashion of reality-TV's first "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll should round up the usual suspects of gay, style-conscious viewers and many others eager for a good time

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
February 19, 2009

Although the movie isn't without merit, it's all Jay, all the time, and that gets a little old.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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