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Derrida Reviews

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Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
November 11, 2002
Any movie this boring should be required to have ushers in the theater that hand you a cup of coffee every few minutes. Like a marathon runner trying to finish a race, you need a constant influx of liquid just to get through it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
February 20, 2003
We are left with a superficial snapshot that, however engaging, is insufficiently enlightening and inviting.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 26, 2003
At the very least, if you don't know anything about Derrida when you walk into the theater, you won't know much more when you leave.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 8, 2002
Those who managed to avoid the Deconstructionist theorizing of French philosopher Jacques Derrida in college can now take an 85-minute brush-up course with the documentary Derrida. Or, you can do something fun tonight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2002
Is it possible for a documentary to be utterly entranced by its subject and still show virtually no understanding of it?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Along the way, we absorb bits and pieces of Derrida's ideas, but the total is insufficient for the newcomer to come away with any focused understanding of Derrida and only seems to fuel the dangerous cult of hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
Seldom has a movie so closely matched the spirit of a man and his work.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2003
Whether or not you're enlightened by any of Derrida's lectures on "the other" and "the self," Derrida is an undeniably fascinating and playful fellow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
November 11, 2002
Dry but thought-provoking, Derrida is of interest because of the chasms of apparent contradiction it opens between the man and the philosopher.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 19, 2004
If you have any doubts about the film, just ask yourself how many other films have you seen about a renown modern philosopher.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 22, 2002
It's endearing to hear Madame D. refer to her husband as 'Jackie' -- and he does make for excellent company, not least as a self-conscious performer.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 23, 2002
By applying definition to both sides of the man, the picture realizes a fullness that does not negate the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 14, 2003
Derrida, with his mane of white hair, piercing gaze and pipe clenched between his teeth, may be the most watchable thinker since Rodin's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 24, 2003
I'm not sure you'll leave the movie understanding every nuance of 'deconstruction,' but you'll have a real sense of a sophisticated thinker.
| Original Score: B
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
October 21, 2002
As an introduction to the man's theories and influence, Derrida is all but useless; as a portrait of the artist as an endlessly inquisitive old man, however, it's invaluable.
| Original Score: 66/100
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
October 24, 2003
Exhibits a devotion to its subject that just might drive you to his books and make you wish for tea with the man who wrote them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Holly Willis
L.A. Weekly
November 7, 2002
The result is fascinating, whether you're smitten by him or his work, or simply intrigued by contemporary thought.
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
He's no easy mark, Derrida, but trying to keep up with him as he reasons his way through even the most simple questions makes for a rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 23, 2002
The result puts a human face on Derrida, and makes one of the great minds of our times interesting and accessible to people who normally couldn't care less.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 18, 2008

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March 25, 2003

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July 2, 2003
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January 26, 2006
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