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Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 7

The filmmakers' motivations may be suspect, but this inside look at New York art legend Cindy Sherman -- and, by extension, the culture she inhabits -- is undeniably satisfying.

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

The filmmakers' motivations may be suspect, but this inside look at New York art legend Cindy Sherman -- and, by extension, the culture she inhabits -- is undeniably satisfying.

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Filmmaker Paul H-O confronts his own ego and identity after analyzing his relationship with reclusive artist Cindy Sherman in this documentary that offers a unique perspective on the New York City art scene. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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The film's restraint, along with its openness to many points of view, is not only admirable but makes for a more entertaining movie.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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As soon as Guest of Cindy Sherman ended, I wanted to see it again for its high entertainment value and to determine better what I had just witnessed.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Remove the boldface names and there's no movie; that center does not hold.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Guest of Cindy Sherman would be fun to watch on public access some late night. But as a big-screen attraction, it never measures up.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and witty trip down art-world memory lane.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's amazing that in an era of oversharing and reality TV, a doc consisting mostly of cable TV clips and personal reminiscences can be so resonant.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Paul H-O's hurt feelings over being the overlooked man in a relationship with a famous woman, are surely familiar and not especially provocative.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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Instantly recognizable as a guy you might have gone to college with, co-director and documentary subject, Paul H-O's personal experience, as host for a self-produced cable television art program called "Gallery Beat," speaks volumes about New York's eliti

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Cindy Sherman has disavowed this documentary, but the film proves to be a very satisfying cinematic collaboration between the art star, her art world insider ex and his huge cache of fascinating footage, and a story-shaping docs director with excellent ed

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Guest's focus on Sherman and her work is [the film's] strength, providing an in-depth and revealing glimpse of one of the most celebrated artists in the world,

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's chronicle of his relationship with publicity-shy artist Cindy Sherman absorbs, thanks to his beguiling personality and irreverent attitude toward the art world.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A moderately compelling and humorous documentary that leaves you wanting more revealing insight into the life and career of Cindy Sherman.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

It's a documentary about a wannabe celebrity and the internationally famous artist who almost makes his dreams come true. And like Sherman's subjects, it's all surface.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The definitive study of the contemporary art world that Eric Bogosian, one of the movie's interviewees, calls "complete bullshit". Also a poignant study of a love story compromised by unequal power and celebrity. Not to be missed!

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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This skillfully made documentary by a spurned lover of the wildly successful photographer Cindy Sherman carries the deadening taint of exploitation and self-promotion.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Paul H-O might have exposed "dealers" who were agents, publicists, protectors -- the real movers and shakers of the culture industry -- but his romantic wounds get in the way.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Absorbing yet lacking.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: The Screengrab
The Screengrab

A latter-day exemplar of the postmodern exercise wherein tangential characters become protagonists, Guest of Cindy Sherman is a fascinatingly flawed and balloon-headed study of an unlikely encounter with greatness.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Guest of Cindy Sherman

Mediocre documentary concerning local public access show host, Paul H-O and the unlikely relationship with artist Cindy Sherman. While Paul protests that he's not a trophy wife, the "talentless guy you would prefer to avoid" only proves he's no trophy of any kind. During his day of hosting the public access show Gallery Beat, Paul was critical of art losing its' meaning and evolving into an outlet for rich art addicts to get their fix on overrated, overpriced auction items. This would only prove art in the 90's sucked and only served to boost egos of dominating males in the industry.

The very interesting bits were, of course, insight to Cindy Sherman and seeing the behind the scenes look at her own work, while Paul would reap the benefits of going from the D-list to the guest of an A-lister and losing sight of himself as the street critic armed with a camera and microphone. We would soon see Paul comparing the cost of new shoes (paid for by Cindy Sherman) with other A-listers. This is such pathetic self-loathing and seriously doubt anyone would feel bad for Paul after the inevitable break-up.

My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir.
May 29, 2009
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