Salesman Reviews

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Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 9, 2015
This 1968 study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in the Boston area and in the south is a superb and truthful look at an American institution -- and at the troubling relationship between fact and fiction, materialism and spiritual values.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 9, 2015
An uncompromising documentary which simply lays its subject bare and dares us not be moved by the raw humanity on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
March 9, 2015
Salesman stands as the movie where [the Maysles] really found their voice as leading American proponents of the "direct cinema" aesthetic.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
March 9, 2015
Unarguably one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and an intimate portrait of the reality behind a thousand blue collar dramas.
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times
March 9, 2015
Poignant and funny, its rhythms may seem stately to viewers used to the wham-bam style of current documentary film-making, but this is a classic of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 9, 2015
Salesman is an exemplar of nonfictional material shaped and illuminated by sophisticated filmmakers who have absorbed the devices of fictional storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 19, 2014
Aside from sales spiel, dialogue is spontaneous, nothing staged or repeated, no one looks at the camera or seems aware of it.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 12, 2008
At the risk of sounding like a salesman myself, if you get a chance to see this documentary, you should jump at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 20, 2007
This up close look at the anxious Bible salesmen trying to close the deal has become a cult classic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
March 28, 2006
Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 5, 2005
May not sound like the most scintillating of subjects, but the Maysles brothers have made quite a riveting, multi-layered film about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's such a fine, pure picture of a small section of American life that I can't imagine its ever seeming irrelevant, either as a social document or as one of the best examples of what's called cinema vérité or direct cinema.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 13, 2002
represents a remarkably disturbing visual document of a lifestyle that may well be gone forever while exposing the underbelly of capitalism that remains live and well
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
It hasn't dated much at all, which is both disturbing and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 4, 2001
a stark, indelible cinematic portrait of the trials and tribulations of the door-to-door salesman, a profession that is virtually extinct today
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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