Bill Cunningham New York Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 13, 2012
He was the first, and what's obvious from this lively and engaging doc, an original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
January 4, 2012
Whatever this Times-produced, TV-ready tribute lacks in tension is amply compensated by the pleasure of watching an enthusiast ply the craft he loves.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 23, 2011
It's not just what he does. It's who he is. And he approaches it with such unbridled passion and joy that you can't help but sharing in it; absolutely no knowledge or love of fashion is required.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 14, 2011
[A] marvelous documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 19, 2011
Here is a movie about a happy and nice man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sara Glassman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2011
Filmmaker Richard Press offers a humorous, touching and insightful portrait about a subject who clearly would have preferred to stay behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2011
He finds beauty; watching him, we find joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2011
Bill Cunningham New York is as winning as its subject, the affable chronicler of New York style from the sidewalk to the runway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 20, 2011
Bill Cunningham New York shows us a man who not only derives great pleasure from devoting himself to his job but also, in the process, has helped shaped the greatest city in the world.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2011
Cunningham's work is about seeing and teaching us how to see, and that should be plenty for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2011
Equally at home chronicling the latest fashions on the street and the biggest celebrations among Manhattan's aristocratic swell set, he might as well be the city that forms his vast canvas.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 7, 2011
It's as much a portrait of a kind of artist as it is a document of a city's evolving sense of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2011
Cunningham seems genuinely in love with his work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 2011
I love this man, I love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011
Obsessive artists often create exceptional bodies of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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March 21, 2011
Using the low-key approach that shapes Cunningham's column, Press works up a portrait that's as raw, gentle, funny, and -- in the end -- irresistible as the pictures themselves.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
Those who pore over his fashion columns in the New York Times Style section will particularly appreciate this respectful look at a true local character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 18, 2011
The equal billing in the title is no accident: Cunningham's story is the story of New York itself, about the ways it has changed through the decades and how that history was captured on all those miles of film passing through Cunningham's camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 18, 2011
Cunningham talks freely about his passion for fashion and photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 17, 2011
A slight, glancing, yet subtly wrought slice of New York life. And it seems likely that the exceedingly modest Cunningham would want it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Carina Chocano
New York Times
March 16, 2011
If the film suggests that there's something bittersweet about a life dedicated to a single pursuit cultivated with an almost religious fervor, it also stands in awe of its subject's... capacity to remain attuned to the expression of others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
No passion for fashion is required to enjoy this absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2011
Fascinating doc about a photographer surveying the highs and lows of New York society.