Chop Suey Reviews

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE
June 28, 2014
'Chop Suey' strives to be avant-garde and trendy. For many, it will be.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 25, 2002
It's an eclectic film, held together only by Weber's ironic voice-over narration and the endless shots of the beautiful Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 4, 2002
Beautiful photography. Too bad the film is like a custom car up on blocks - nice to look at but it doesn't go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 31, 2002
...an alternately beautiful and annoying scrapbook of a film. And just as its title suggests, it's a mixed bag.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 23, 2002
Even the misspellings and ramblings fit into the loosey-goosey, associative framework.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 5, 2002
Sometimes maddeningly meandering, often intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 4, 2002
[Johnson is] utterly beautiful but he's about as compelling as a Pet Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
It's as amusing, varied and instantly forgettable as an issue of Vanity Fair or Vogue, minus the fragrance samples.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 8, 2002
For a film by a photographer, it's awfully unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Ehrenstein
New Times
March 7, 2002
With footage of Faye in performance, and interviews with her friends and associates, Weber uses Faye as base from which to branch out in bizarre directions.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2002
The most personal and accomplished of the several documentaries Weber has made over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 11, 2002
Spending time with Weber and hearing his stories makes you realize you might be listening to the secret of a happy life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2002
Anybody who expects this film to be nothing more than the equivalent of flipping through the advertisements in a slick magazine is in for a surprise.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 1, 2002
Weber's eclectic, grandly engaging documentary, is as personal as movies get, a generous and candid first-person exploration of the wide-ranging influences that inform the photographer's work.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 4, 2002
Even when it turns pensive or deals with a death, it has the compulsive charm of a bright, gossiping diary you have to keep reading.
David Sanjek
PopMatters
December 28, 2001
In the end, what resonates is the fragile yet unfailing grace of the human spirit embodied by Weber's subjects.
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
There's a breezy charm to the proceedings.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2001
It's a fascinating life and an interesting movie, but it's also a little evasive.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 8, 2001
Assembled by Weber himself and overflowing with bits and pieces of his life and loves, this ditty box of a movie is a little like Maximillian Schell's 1984 documentary Marlene.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 8, 2001
Weber's talent works best when he's focusing on an object, not when he's giving us a wayward, free-associating travelogue of his visceral imagination.
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