Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
It's a shame that the people who really need to see Matthew Akers' transfixing debut documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, won't go near it.
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 29, 2012
Like any good documentary, ""The Artist Is Present" gives insight into the life and work of a truly talented lady. Her works may not be for all tastes she but obviously has an audience if MoMA is any indication.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 29, 2012
...for the 2 1/2 month run of the [MoMA] show, Marina would sit completely still in a chair as visitors cued up to sit across from her and look into her eyes. The effect is incredibly and unexpectedly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 29, 2012
It demonstrates how cinema can actually make the artist seem present, offering an empathetic fellow consciousness that mirrors one's soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
Briskly edited and brightly shot.
Simon Miraudo
July 9, 2012
If you have been looking for the natural meeting place of Jafar Panahi's document of life under house arrest This is Not a Film and Justin Bieber's popumentary Never Say Never, look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 8, 2012
An exhilarating, elegantly executed film that holds a mirror up to the art world, its protagonists and its devotees, forcing us to question the whole circus.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 6, 2012
Beginning as an overview of her career, this fascinating doc closes in on the show and its many revealing encounters, asking us to consider face-to-face engagement as a way of dissolving the barriers between an artist and her public.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2012
In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 6, 2012
Thanks largely to the engaging nature of its protagonist, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present stands up as one of the most diverting documentaries to hit the big screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 5, 2012
Marina Abramović emerges from this arresting documentary as the Maria Callas of performance art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 5, 2012
Here, you start to feel, is commodified culture at work in its capital city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Davina Quinlivan
Little White Lies
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is nothing less than magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 2, 2012
Although appealing to narrow slice of art aficionados, "Abramovic' carries a deeper message, and a warning, to an increasing mechanized and medicated world
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2012
A little pretentious maybe, but then you've got to wonder at a woman who could sit motionless in a wooden chair, eight hours a day for three months.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
June 29, 2012
If you're sceptical about performance art, this might just change your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today
June 26, 2012
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Yes, Abramovic is a seductress.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 15, 2012
The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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