Derrida Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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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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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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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2003
The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 10, 2003
Dense and thoughtful and brimming with ideas that are too complex to be rapidly absorbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2002
An absolutely first-rate documentary about his life and thought that is the cinematic equivalent of a mind-expanding drug.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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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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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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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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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
Seldom has a movie so closely matched the spirit of a man and his work.