You'd learn more just watching one of their films.
| Original Score: 2/5
In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.
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.
A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This is one of the best movies ever about film directors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation.
| Original Score: 3/5
A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls.
| Original Score: 1/4
Standing unabashedly on the shoulders of giants, Angela Ismailos pays free-association homage to her favorite filmmakers in this engaging but scatter-shot documentary.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell.
Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence...
The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.
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?
| Original Score: 4/5
Great Directors is not a great film, but in moments like these we feel as though we're eavesdropping on genius.
| Original Score: B
The film never comes together into a cohesive whole and, ironically enough, the clips from the directors' films sometimes slow it down.
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Angela Ismailos's breezy Great Directors is like eavesdropping on the best bits of her candid and casual conversations with her personal favorite filmmakers
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.
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.