Man of Aran Reviews

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
March 2, 2004
Not a great film because filmmaker Robert Flaherty does not seem to understand fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Fernando F. Croce
February 26, 2008
The film is a canny blend of observation and creation.
Dan Callahan
May 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
February 26, 2008
The sea is the villain and the quest for food the plot of this peasants-among-peasants picture, which rates high artistically.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 3, 2006
Breathtaking photography.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Bourne
April 9, 2006
Flaherty made Man of Aran less a window into Aran life in the 20th Century than his interpretation of a state of rugged grace that romantic writers such as W.B. Yeats and William Synge projected onto the 19th Century.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Pulver
March 10, 2011
Flaherty's sense of poetic grandeur never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 12, 2003
Robert Flaherty's film, Man of Aran, follows a similar formula as his Nanook of the North, and probably includes just as much fakery. I
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 9, 2011
A classic 1934 documentary from Robert Flaherty, pioneering forefather of the genre (see 1922's Nanook Of The North).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 30, 2003
A spellbinding look at an extreme way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The photography is brilliant, the best of any of Flaherty's work.
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andre Sennwald
New York Times
January 28, 2006
Robert Flaherty, the mellow wanderer with a camera, has made a memorable film out of the tragic and beautiful fundamentals of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 18, 2006
This will not be for everyone but there are a number of beautiful shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 10, 2011
Sadly, this trenchant tribute to heroic fortitude will always be remembered more for its artifice than its artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
The realism of the film is outstanding, the images are stunning and decades later it's a film that stands as a powerful classic of its kind.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Mightily impressive.
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