Surprisingly, there's a very sour tone to "Corman's World" that undercuts a lot of the attempts to look back at Roger Corman's films with a laugh and a nostalgic gleam.
[I]f it doesn't offer anything new to our understanding of Corman, as filmmaker, producer, or person, it nicely encapsulates his legacy...
At one point in this joyful documentary, Jack Nicholson discusses the countless cheapies produced by Roger Corman and cracks, "By mistake, he actually made a good picture every once in a while."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Along the way this documentary interviews the likes of Nicholson, Ron Howard and (of course) Corman himself. Add some scarce footage and you've got a winner that is sure to please die-hard fans as well as newbies.
Almost any documentary on Roger Corman would be fascinating, and Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, directed by Alex Stapleton, is certainly that.
Entertaining and informative, whetting the appetite for a more in-depth exploration of Corman's body of work.
| Original Score: 3/5
Like many of the 400-odd movies Roger Corman has produced and/or directed, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel has a title that sizzles over content that merely simmers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A well-earned and affectionate spotlight on a man who, let's face it, is one of the most impressive film producers who ever lived.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Great clips and interviews with, among others including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and William Shatner.
| Original Score: 4/5
None of it gets us anywhere truly close to the beating heart of an essentially retiring figure.
| Original Score: 2/5
It records the ingenuity, daring and innovation that went into his productions and drove him to create his own studio and distribution company and to take his career into his own hands.
A frustrating documentary about a frustrating man.
A movie buff's delight.
A supremely watchable documentary-tribute to the exploitation king Roger Corman.
A comprehensive look at the extraordinary career of legendary writer-director-producer Roger Corman, told through the contributions of a dazzling array of talking heads.
The results are solid and educative.
Stapleton's structure is fairly by-the-numbers, but with a subject as fascinating (and archival clips as entertaining) as this, the quality is onscreen as soon as you turn on the camera.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Alex Stapleton's lively, engrossing and enlightening documentary about a career that can be described as surprising on multiple counts.
| Original Score: 3/4
Yes, it's all straight-forward, no muss filmmaking, but Roger Corman wouldn't want it any other way.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Corman's World is both a pleasure and an energetic primer on the man's work.