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Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
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Page One: Inside The New York Times deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and the salty but brilliant David Carr track print journalism's metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles


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Oct 18, 2011


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'Page One: Inside the New York Times' is sanguine about change. It describes it, captures it, but doesn't lament it.

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If you're reading this article, chances are you have at least a passing interest in the role and value of newspapers. You like original reporting and writing enough to pay for it, online or on newsprint. And you'd probably enjoy Page One.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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In journalism parlance, we have a dozen or so sidebars crowding out a fabulous front-page feature.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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As an avid media watcher, I didn't come away from this with any new insights, but the movie is a pretty good snapshot of the daily newspaper business in transition and turmoil.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A fascinating study of a newspaper doing its best to not just survive but to continue to do so with excellence while the world tilts beneath the venerable broadsheet.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Even if the movie fails to truly capture the inner workings of a newspaper and the amount of work required to print an issue every day, it's still a highly entertaining snapshot of a culture in the midst of a rapid transformation...

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Seemed naively optimistic about newspapers, even when new. Now?

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...a sporadically intriguing yet hopelessly unfocused documentary...

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Although Rossi's style is a little unruly - flitting from story to story and desk to desk without any particular emphasis - it's a fascinating and privileged insight into an industry in turmoil

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Screenwize

A consistently engaging documentary that's paced like a thriller and spiced up by a few colourful characters worthy of fiction.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: France24

Filmmaker Andrew Rossi has cobbled together a largely well-balanced examination of America's 'paper of record' and produced a multilayered look into the precarious state of print journalism in today's social-media-driven world.

December 24, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

This is a thought-provoking film for those interested in journalism.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

In a culture where information is perceived to be free, we may be closer to learning the cost of losing the New York Times.

November 9, 2011 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Page One is a pretty even-handed film, asking hard questions about what the Internet and media aggregation does to the quality of news that we're getting.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

There's something troubling about Page One, but it's difficult to give it a name.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Fascinating viewing not only for fully paid-up NYT subscribers but anyone with a fleeting interest in the past, present or future of the newspaper industry.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

This is a thoughtful fly-on-the-wall documentary that anyone concerned with the future of democracy should see.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Morris, whose previous work includes the remarkable The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, does not hesitate to provoke.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's a bracing reminder that good writing and good journalism don't happen naturally; they have to be nurtured.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Timely and oddly inspiring.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's a complex, troubling story told with chastening intelligence...

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A wandering, unfocused approximation of a story in motion.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A thought-provoking documentary that throws a spotlight on the beleagured newspaper trade and the values traditional journalism help sustain.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Frequently fascinating and consistently entertaining, this is a must-see for media junkies everywhere, thanks to an engaging cast of characters, some fortuitous timing on the part of the production and a series of topical, thought-provoking themes.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Rossi gains unprecedented access. Crucially, we witness the workings of a newsroom: the skill required to generate stories, the jockeying between staffers, and so on.

September 20, 2011 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

Audience Reviews for Page One: Inside the New York Times

David Carr needs his own movie
June 28, 2012
Reid Volk

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I kind of saw this as a one-stop-shop advertisement to subscribe to the NYT paywall rather than any substantial docudrama. I learned more about what it was like to work for the Times in that fashion documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, than in this one. The movie's only saving grace (and it was a big one) is David Carr. He's the greatest.
December 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Interesting behind-the-scenes moments over the past 12 months, scattered throughout the movie, help to demonstrate the included arguments from the New York Times (and other legacy news media) for its necessity to exist in this new age of blogs and twitter. It's effective, but the movie could have been more efficient... it meanders.
December 25, 2011
Matthew Slaven

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A bit unfocused at times, but overall a very interesting look at the state of modern journalism and how it's being impacted by technological and sociological change - particularly the advent of social media. What I think one takes away from this movie is the realization that while the platforms through which the news is delivered may be changing - as they have been for centuries - the human ingenuity, talent and intelligence behind responsible journalism will remain the key to its survival.
July 23, 2011
Tracy Kenderdine

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