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

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Andrew Pulver

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2009
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 25, 2008
Helen Sumpter
Time Out
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An investment that has paid off by producing an unexpectedly lyrical and poetic portrait.

Full Review Source: Time Out | 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2009
Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

February 6, 2009
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

One sonorous waltz through an enchanted domain.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 3, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 25, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 29, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
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This complex, utterly fascinating docu evolves in almost as varied and unpredictable ways as has its 96-year-old subject, famed sculptress Louise Bourgeois.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 24, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 25, 2008
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 23, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Filmmakers Marion Cajori (who died in 2006) and Amei Wallach are smart enough to grant us just the right amount of access to the great artist's full range of emotions.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

June 26, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Louise Bourgeois is absorbing, largely because of Bourgeois' striking art, prickly personality, and assured intensity.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 26, 2008
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

For the sophisticated viewer, it is like looking at Bourgeois' work in the company of a good friend.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 25, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 25, 2008
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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