Great Directors Reviews

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Catherine Shoard
Guardian
March 31, 2011
You'd learn more just watching one of their films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
March 31, 2011
In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 27, 2011
Though her choice of interview subjects is so random and the discourse so broad that this 2009 documentary never really arrives anywhere... it delights from start to finish and then evaporates.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
January 27, 2011
A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 23, 2010
This is one of the best movies ever about film directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 27, 2010
It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 6, 2010
A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 2, 2010
Standing unabashedly on the shoulders of giants, Angela Ismailos pays free-association homage to her favorite filmmakers in this engaging but scatter-shot documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2010
Ismailos' 10 mini-profiles might have been better used as DVD extras or a cablecast introduction to an individual director's movie. It's not too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2010
If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 29, 2010
Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
July 29, 2010
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2010
The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2010
This is a meat-and-potatoes espionage yarn that passes by quickly enough and meets the requirement of making us try to guess: Who is Salt?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2010
Great Directors is not a great film, but in moments like these we feel as though we're eavesdropping on genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2010
The film never comes together into a cohesive whole and, ironically enough, the clips from the directors' films sometimes slow it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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July 19, 2010
The film jumps around in dizzying disorganization, illustrating the fact that part of what a director provides to a film is not just vision and leadership, but also, as the word suggests, a narrative direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
July 11, 2010
Angela Ismailos's breezy Great Directors is like eavesdropping on the best bits of her candid and casual conversations with her personal favorite filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
July 9, 2010
Great Directors doesn't tell you a lot about its great directors, but as a roadmap on how to live artfully, it's rather inspiring.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2010
If you are able to block out the director's intrusiveness, these people, edited down from 250 hours to 86 minutes, do say some interesting things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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