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Blank City Reviews

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

Blank City is a scattered collage of facts and name-dropping that tries too hard to hold hands with the aficionados and the ignorants.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 11, 2011
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

A dusty feature-length slideshow presented by aging hipsters.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2012
Jennifer Merin

Celine Danhier assembles a worthy cast of commentators, but fails to capture the 70s East Village ethos, and the film's frenetic pacing and jumpy editing make it all but unwatchable.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 1, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Nothing in this assemblage of clips will convince anyone not already sold on the enduring artistic importance of these movements beyond the world bounded by 14th Street and the Holland Tunnel.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 6, 2011
Brent Simon

Contains some interesting and amusing 'No Wave' anecdotes, but director Celine Danhier doesn't form a cogent narrative spine from all of her interviews.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

June 2, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
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Often feels as inchoate as the phenomenon under discussion.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 4, 2011
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Blank City is not a great documentary. Too much is covered way too rapidly. Interviews are cut short, making room for samplings from No Wave movies.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The biggest shortcoming of "Blank City" is that, despite its vivid portrait of the time period, we never get much sense of what the actual movies are like.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2011
Matt Chapman
Total Film

The film works best as a love letter to a grubbier, poorer era in Manhattan history.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

... Makes you nostalgic for a cultural experience you never had.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

June 30, 2011
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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Above all, the film is a poignant valentine to an era when artists could afford to live and work on the island of Manhattan, and the cultural ferment goosed by their low-rent lifestyle.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: A-

June 16, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This doc is interesting and worthy, but it is unlikely to send you seeking most of the films sampled in it. That was then, this is now, and it was fun while it lasted.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

You can't tell the urban hipsters without a scorecard.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

June 17, 2011
Edward Douglas

Aacts as a time capsule of New York of that era ... being able to see all of this crazy originality unfolding chronologically really makes this a very special film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

April 6, 2011
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

The fabled downtown Manhattan avant-filmmaking scene of yore gets its due in this passionate chronicle of cinematic rebellion.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 12, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

The juxtaposition between the studiously aging talking heads and their bleakly youthful counterparts is often jarring.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2011
Cole Smithey

Celine Danhier's documentary about New York's punk and post punk era of underground DIY filmmaking is an ecstatic examination of the artists who everything they had into creating something original.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

March 20, 2011
Michelle Orange

There's a great story in there -- hundreds of them, no doubt. The only thing lacking in the raw materials of a movement that resisted definition by definition, is room for a documentary caught up in spelling things out.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

April 7, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Somehow Ms. Danhier manages to conjure a glorious and grungy bygone past without fetishizing it as a golden age.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 6, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Blank City'' can't help but feel a little unfocused ... and it definitely isn't sure where to call it quits, but it's there for the moments that matter.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2011
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