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Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

82%
Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,130

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Movie Info

Analyzing his relationship with the reclusive artist Cindy Sherman leads filmmaker Paul H-O (Hasegawa-Overacker) to confront his own identity in this personal and unexpectedly humorous documentary. Paul H-O became a fixture of the New York art scene in the 1990s with his public access show "GalleryBeat." Armed with a video camera, he attended art gallery openings, intriguing many with his candid, witty assessments of the work and winning fans in the process. Among the latter was Cindy Sherman, … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Musical & Performing Arts , Documentary
Directed By:
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On DVD:
Feb 11, 2013
Runtime:
Trela Media - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Guest of Cindy Sherman

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Remove the boldface names and there's no movie; that center does not hold.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and witty trip down art-world memory lane.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009
PopMatters

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

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
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,

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | March 29, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

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!

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
rec.arts.movies.reviews

This skillfully made documentary by a spurned lover of the wildly successful photographer Cindy Sherman carries the deadening taint of exploitation and self-promotion.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
New York Press

Absorbing yet lacking.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
Slant Magazine

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.

DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

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