The Woodmans Reviews

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2011
It's impossible to listen to Francesca's parents, deadly serious about art as a higher calling, without feeling both saddened and disturbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 28, 2011
The Woodmans tells the compelling, if slightly disturbing, story of a family coming to grips with love, ego, resentment and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 15, 2011
Willis provides no easy answers and points no fingers, but the search proves fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 24, 2011
Woodman's black-and-white photographs, many of them self-portraits, convey a haunting sense of isolation; of something forever lost from the empty, almost decaying rooms in which she drapes herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 20, 2011
Willis works to turn The Woodmans into an existential mystery, through a soundtrack full of moody vibes, interviews shot in tight close-ups, and the floating words from Francesca's diaries that Willis inserts as a kind of answer from beyond the grave.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2011
An indelible group portrait of a family of artists.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 19, 2011
Making art is more than a pastime, a hobby or even a career, as shown in the emotional family profile The Woodmans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 19, 2011
If its message can be boiled down to one sentence, it is George's stoic observation: "There is a psychic risk in being an artist."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 18, 2011
A haunting study in family dynamics.