The Miners' Hymns Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com
February 12, 2012
Filmmaker Bill Morrison mined the archives of the British Film Institute for found footage for this poetic and haunting impressionistic study about coal mining in England.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 stars
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 12, 2012
Imaginatively re-purposes archival footage in collaboration with Johannsson's stirring score. . . to bring back the proud miners like ghosts . . .of labor's heritage.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 10, 2012
Found-footage work by filmmaker Bill Morrison matches archival scenes of miners in North England to a new musical score.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 9, 2012
Morrison sketches a portrait of a vanished way of life for one Northeast England community, along with an explanation of sorts for why it disappeared.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 9, 2012
A look at ill-fated mining communities in northern England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 7, 2012
An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 7, 2012
There are some mesmerizing images of the soot-covered miners at work and of children at play on a coal-strewn seashore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 7, 2012
It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2011
In contrast to the vast, impersonal sweep of the contemporary footage, the archival material, some of which dates back over 100 years, is eerily intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 23, 2012
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New York Times
February 10, 2012
Howard Feinstein
Screen International
April 23, 2011
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