Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
August 28, 2013
Crewdson lays his process bare, allowing for unprecedented insight into why a visionary of his caliber shares what he sees with the rest of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
A vigorous and knowledgeable documentary about a still photographer.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 12, 2013
An example of narrowcasting through and through, this documentary offering achieves a certain hold for those inclined toward psycho-social rumination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
Though his work is dark, on camera at least, Crewdson is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 1, 2013
"Brief Encounters" is a film for photography fans and a photo essay for film fans.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 4, 2013
Shapiro's film is fascinating even if it can't possibly answer all the mysteries propelling the work of a photographer whose interest in secrets was rooted in wondering what tales were being uncovered in his psychologist father's basement office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
Gregory Crewdson drives through the towns in Western Massachusetts that serve as settings for so many photos in Beneath the Roses, towns where the streets are empty and the buildings are low.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 16, 2012
Fascinating snapshot of the artist.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
Explores the life, art and working methods of Brooklyn-born photographer Gregory Crewdson, now know for painstakingly and expensively staged tableaux of homes and neighborhoods that require, in essence, a film crew to create...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
November 15, 2012
"Brief Encounters" is a smart, well-constructed documentary that will enthrall Crewdson fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 13, 2012
Ben Shapiro shot this documentary over 10 years and not only achieves a portrait of the artist but also captures the artistic process itself, following Crewdson from initial inspiration to finished product.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 5, 2012
Reverent if none-too-probing portrait of a master of the micro-managed tableau.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 2, 2012
Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 30, 2012
With marvelous discipline, Mr. Shapiro crams a wealth of material into a tight 77 minutes, smoothly communicating the group effort required to achieve the perfect shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2012
Ben Shapiro's goal isn't so much a comprehensive biopic as an in-the-moment snapshot of creative fervent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 26, 2012
A finely sketched portrait of the artist's unlikely pursuit of perfection.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 27, 2012
An engaging portrait of a fascinating artist, it is difficult if not impossible to look away from once it gets going -- much like Crewdson's astonishing photographs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 31, 2012
Crewdson's pictures are worth a thousand words, so it's not surprising that the sequences of him meticulously choreographing his eerie shots speak volumes. You wish some of that disciplined approach had worn off on his biographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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