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Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
October 12, 2012
This modest coda to Ross McElwee's autobiographical trilogy will interest fans of this eccentric documentarian but bore those less familiar with his work.
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October 11, 2012
Some might characterize what filmmaker Ross McElwee does as navel-gazing. But in the hands of this veteran documentarian, that which might be self-indulgent egomania from a lesser artist is often the stuff of quiet revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5
October 5, 2012
I'd say this film, in spite of its very universal appeal, is mainly of interest to McElwee fans, but it's very easy to become a McElwee fan.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 13, 2012
Hoping to unlock not only the mysteries of his own past, but also to better understand the alienation he feels from his son, McElwee has forged another triumph in this portrait of fractured love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
In his latest film, the 65-year-old director retraces his postcollegiate wanderjahrs in France jobbing for a wedding photographer, in an earnest effort to understand his son Adrian, a headstrong, restless creative type and stunt skier.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2012
Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Proves a bracing and sometimes uncomfortable peek into private fears and regrets about mortality and missed opportunities.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 15, 2012
Bittersweet though it may be, "Photographic Memory" reminds us that time is fleeting and all memories fade - even those captured on film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
November 1, 2012
Beguiling and homespun -- full of both answers and questions, feelings and wonder. A great little travelogue mystery that also delicately assays the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 11, 2012
The most vivid strand of "Photographic Memory" is Mr. McElwee's changing relationship with his son, Adrian, now in his 20s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 12, 2012
Utterly delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Matt Singer
Time Out
October 9, 2012
It's a personal journey, but one that speaks to universal ideas about aging, fatherhood and the way, as Maurice once put it, that "time wears on a photograph, erodes it, until all of its context is gone."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 12, 2012
McElwee is a homespun philosopher who finds exceptional moments in everyday life and records it all through his camera lens.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 12, 2012
Like Harvey Pekar and Spalding Gray, Ross McElwee makes art out of the often sad and desperate moments of his life. And like them, he is damned good at it.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2012
Filmmaker Ross McElee continues his obsessive self-reflection in this entertaining meditation on aging and memory.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 11, 2012
Quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 12, 2012
I would like to think that one day Adrian might look at this documentary and see it as a supreme act of paternal love.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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