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Great Directors Reviews

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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
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
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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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
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
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 7, 2010
For the most part it's a treat to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
July 7, 2010
The assemblage of clips is well-chosen and fast-paced.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 2, 2010
This spasmodically entertaining documentary from Angela Ismailos chronicles her globe-trotting goal of interviewing 10 of her personal cinematic heroes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 1, 2010
A documentary revealing the diversity of talent and subject matter in the wide world of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 1, 2010
Documentary loaded with talking-head interviews with some of foreign and American indie cinema's more intriguing living directors is more superficially diverting than profoundly informative, but with a flurry of classic clips to break up the static, it's
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 1, 2010
Not much sense of purpose or unity to [director Angela] Ismailos' selection of subjects or the random strands of conversation included in her film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 1, 2010
This documentary, full of interviews and clips, is not for the casual moviegoer but for the hard-core, often art-house crowd and the historian.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
June 30, 2010
Her eclectic pantheon weighs in with entertaining anecdotes and illuminating comments, illustrated with well-chosen samplings of the artists' work.
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