La Maison De La Radio Reviews

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
January 28, 2015
There's a rhythm to Philibert's work, a tangible linearity - as he knows how to take every day life and illuminate it, find the subtleties, the nuances for us to appreciate and to resonate with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
January 25, 2015
Behind it all lies the sense that here is something worth preserving, a celebration of radio's unique conversational appeal, a unifying force in times of splintered televisuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 22, 2015
Superb camerawork ably captures the energy of the diverse activities taking place within this distinctive circular building ... but it's the wonderful sound mix that best conveys the immediacy and intimacy that makes radio so unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 22, 2015
A pleasant, undemanding, rather Wiseman-lite study of a day in the life of Radio France, with all its producers, announcers, editors and tech people placidly busying themselves about their work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2013
"La Maison de la Radio" gives us the pleasant experience of hanging out with people who truly love their work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 31, 2013
This might just be the ultimate cine-snob movie: a documentary about French public broadcasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2013
There is a resemblance between "La Maison de la Radio" and tuning in to a public radio station: You may not know what you're going to get, but there's a pretty good chance it will be worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
September 8, 2013
As we watch hosts and announcers talk away on the air, the movie begins to feel like a series of communications between the speakers-and unseen millions.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 6, 2013
It's a film for Francophiles of the deepest dye, a grand tour of French culture and preoccupations.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 4, 2013
The most memorable moments in La Maison De La Radio are purely visual, as DJs hold court from behind a stack of CDs, and broadcasters bustle their way through the curved halls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
La Maison de la Radio is the kind of film that divides its audience into two camps: those happy to observe and those impatient to be told a story.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 2, 2013
A terrific docu from Gallic nonfiction filmmaker Nicolas Philibert, "La Maison de la radio" adds revealing images to sounds that will be familiar to millions of French public-radio listeners.
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 2, 2013
Ninety percent of the success of any good documentary is in the editing, and Philibert is a master of the art, sifting through what one assumes must have been months of footage to give La Maison de la Radio an engaging rhythm and structure.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
January 23, 2015
[Documentary maker Nicolas Philibert's] admiration for Radio France's work and public-service ethos is self-evident, but this is a very hard film for a non-French audience to engage with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
January 23, 2015
Looking at La Maison de la Radio in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo crisis, what strikes you is how conventional and white French state radio seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 22, 2015
It's not exactly a chore to sit through, but you'd hardly chalk it up as scintillating viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nikki Baughan
The List
January 19, 2015
While it may be a colourful human study, the film also proves to be something of a frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2013
Whether or not you consider this a banal topic, it's plain to see that the puttering documentary doesn't achieve magnificence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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September 4, 2013
Access does not guarantee insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 3, 2013
As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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