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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 1

Andy Goldsworthy and his art are beautifully captured in this engaging documentary.


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

Andy Goldsworthy and his art are beautifully captured in this engaging documentary.



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Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to offscreen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works. We see how several

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A beautiful, probing art documentary.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Most of Goldsworthy's work is impermanent, but Rivers and Tides captures, permanently, both the art and the artist, showing us a creative, productive life in the process of being well-lived.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The artistry of Thomas Riedelsheimer's film perfectly compliments Goldsworthy's art.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Goldsworthy's] art is meant to be evanescent, like the nature he reveres. We are privileged to see it documented by the filmmaker's camera.

July 25, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Mr. Goldsworthy's work is meant to be photographed -- 'photography is the way that I talk about my sculptures,' he says -- and Mr. Riedelsheimer rises to the occasion.

July 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Assumes a meditative, Zen-like quality that sends the viewer floating away, like a leaf.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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If the film lets Goldsworthy overexplain what's happening, it also affords ample to time to languidly take in the imagery and let its beauty and simplicity speak for itself.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An absorbing portrait of a unique artist's professional and personal communion with nature.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

His work reminds us of an artist's true focus: a meditative commitment to discovery, creativity, and the enhancement of God's own invention.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time is an extraordinarily spiritually literate documentary about one of the world's greatest nature artists.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A wondrous look at an artist and his work with lots of joyous surprises.

September 30, 2004


April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

When it's at its most self-aware, Rivers and Tides precociously tweaks the pessimist's view of art as an exercise in futility.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The film doesn't just explain Goldsworthy's vision -- it brings us closer to seeing the world through his eyes.

September 11, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Rivers and Tides is subtle and meditative almost to a fault ... So it's fortunate that the film is relatively short and that its subject -- Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor known for working with nature -- is so fascinating.

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A documentary that introduces us to an artist whose work is full of contradictions -- contradictions that spill over into the act of watching the movie.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

You will want someone to talk to about the film and acknowledge the marvels you saw.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A lovely, curiously inspiring appreciation of Goldsworthy's unusual artistic vision.

August 4, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It is impossible to be unmoved by both the beauty of artist Andy Goldsworthy's work and his undying commitment to it.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Goldsworthy is meticulous, eccentric, and very talented. Who knows? This may just inspire you to lie down in the road and make 'rain angels'.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

A memorable account of an artist's life, achievements and sacrifices.

July 11, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Rivers and Tides" is an interesting, low-key documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor who works in nature while using material that he finds. The documentary captures his working at home in rural Scotland and abroad in Nova Scotia, New York and France. Goldsworthy is not sure what his sculptures will turn out due to the very unpredictability of what he is working with. Some of them are designed to be carried away by the rivers and tides. Thus, he illustrates how nature is ephemeral. It's very different seeing artwork that is not permanent and hanging in a museum.(I was thinking about the temporary paintings that were created only for "The Mystery of Picasso.") Goldsworthy captures these temporary sculptures by photographing them. [/color][/font]
March 25, 2014
Walter M.

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Another documentary about a kooky artist. This one manufactures art of nature and watches as nature washes it away. It's kind of like those little stick forts that you made as a kid that washed away eventually down the drain. This guy never stopped making those forts.
July 23, 2012
John Ballantine

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