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Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine Reviews

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Andrew Pulver
May 22, 2009
Despite Bourgeois's on-camera effusiveness, this film suffers a little from curtailing much background information; but fans of Bourgeois as a personality will find a lot to like here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 25, 2008
Frequently roving around and taking awe at Bourgeois's massive artwork, the filmmakers may understand the artist as a woman and a living creature but they often treat her as if she herself were a museum piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Helen Sumpter
Time Out
May 22, 2009
An investment that has paid off by producing an unexpectedly lyrical and poetic portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
May 22, 2009
Marion Cajori makes a brave attempt to grapple with a subject who resists explanation; while she may not always succeed, the journey is frequently illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2009
The film stands alone as a remarkable achievement, as intimate a portrayal of a living artist as one could ask for. And a likeable one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
July 3, 2008
One sonorous waltz through an enchanted domain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
The artist's festering recollections of her girlhood mesh with guided first-person tours of her sculptures, creating a privileged look into a psyche rendered solid.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 29, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
June 24, 2008
This complex, utterly fascinating docu evolves in almost as varied and unpredictable ways as has its 96-year-old subject, famed sculptress Louise Bourgeois.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
June 25, 2008
This uncommonly elegant and evocative portrait of Louise Bourgeois reveals much about the haunting and haunted master while leaving intact the thing you cannot explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 23, 2008
Remarkably and unsentimentally self-reflective, the artist talks to filmmakers Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach about a lifetime of tough work and tougher questions. Fascinating stuff.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 27, 2008
Remembrances by aides and relatives plus antique photos and close-ups of her work -- including her iconic giant spiders -- round out the loving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 26, 2008
Louise Bourgeois is absorbing, largely because of Bourgeois' striking art, prickly personality, and assured intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
June 25, 2008
For the sophisticated viewer, it is like looking at Bourgeois' work in the company of a good friend.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 25, 2008
Art world iconoclast, feminist icon, cranky old Frenchwoman with a sharp tongue and a gothic family history: Artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois is all these things and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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