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Gerhard Richter Painting Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 12, 2012
Too often, the film backs up Richter's assertion that "painting is another way of thinking" and that it's impossible to translate it into another language -- such as film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Murray Whyte
Toronto Star
March 30, 2012
Nearly two hours of drab, dull-as-dishwater footage of the politely taciturn painter quietly going about his business...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jac Mantle
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
In the first documentary he's agreed to in fifteen years, Corinna Belz eschews voiceover narration in favour of a low-key, fly-on-the-wall look at the man in his studio painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2012
The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 12, 2012
Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2012
The works in question express a delicate balance between spontaneity and rigid formal control -- seeing Richter at work is a bit like watching a great trapeze artist.
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
March 17, 2012
...the filmmaker and the very presence of the camera become a point of conversation and contention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
At times filling the screen with symmetrical compositions of paintings in progress in the studio, the film is akin to being in a museum that's come alive.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
March 22, 2012
Belz delivers exactly what her title promises: the sight of Richter at work on his canvases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
March 11, 2012
Corinna Belz' documentary presents a singular opportunity to watch a famous artist at work. And, Richter's process is quite mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 17, 2012
[VIDEO] Following German abstract painter Gerhard Richter through his alternately meditative and physical process of artistic creation is like watching a magician showing you his tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
March 13, 2012
Each swipe covers the old painting and reveals a new composition. Watching this can be fascinating, even exciting. After all, it prompts a fundamental movie question: What happens next?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 27, 2012
"Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
The sight of Richter going back and forth between two related canvases recalls Roger Federer playing tennis with himself in slow, deliberative motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2012
Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alissa Simon
Variety
February 23, 2012
Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist as he prepares a series of abstract canvases.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 13, 2012
You will see the man toiling and revising-killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity-and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2012
It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 14, 2012
Instead of trotting out people - friend and foe - to comment on the renowned German abstract painter, Belz allows Richter to tell his own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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