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Great Directors Reviews

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Catherine Shoard

You'd learn more just watching one of their films.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2011
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 27, 2011
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2011
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

This is one of the best movies ever about film directors.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2010
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

July 30, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 30, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 29, 2010
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Great Directors is not a great film, but in moments like these we feel as though we're eavesdropping on genius.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

July 23, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film never comes together into a cohesive whole and, ironically enough, the clips from the directors' films sometimes slow it down.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 22, 2010
Ian Buckwalter
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 4.5/10

July 19, 2010
Kent Turner

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2010
Tim Grierson
The Simon

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.

Full Review Source: The Simon

July 9, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 9, 2010
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