Derek Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
June 9, 2008
An earnest ode to an outlaw artist, Derek lovingly but unadventurously documents the life and art of the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 14, 2010
Strikes a moody and atmospheric tone that's perfectly suited to Swinton's somnolent voiceover. And a wealth of imagery makes it worth seeking out
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2014
Brilliantly serves as a touristy tour into the gay and avant-garde world of Brit cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2008
This fragmentary portrait of the British filmmaker, painter, set designer and writer Derek Jarman, is a cinematic scrapbook of the life and times of an iconoclast, aesthete and provocateur.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2009
This homage to one of the world's most creative, impassioned artists paints a fascinating portrait of Derek Jarman's life through the filmmaker's most extensive on-camera interview and a letter of retrospection written and read by long-time collaborator a
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
They're interesting tales lovingly rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Armond White
New York Press
June 11, 2008
In Derek, Isaac Julien evokes the graphically complex style of Derek Jarman's radical filmmaking to commemorate the tensions and tangled ambitions of a modern, politically aware gay artist.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 18, 2008

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