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The Windmill Movie Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

In embracing Richard Rogers' style and adopting his tone, Alexander Olch creates a documentary that's as much a respectful, moving tribute to Rogers, as it is the projected realization of Rogers' intended cinematic autobiography.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Late in this meandering film, Rogers' romantic infidelities and the onset of illness add some much-needed dynamics, but even when it's just shooting the breeze, The Windmill Movie is captivating.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

This movie should be unbearable; instead it's grotesquely fascinating. Rogers' striking early short Quarry precedes the main feature, demonstrating the man's considerable talent.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

July 31, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Although the format will be familiar to fans of Tarnation and Capturing the Friedmans, the result comes closer to Fellini's autobiographical 8 1/2.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A remarkable documentary attempt to reconcile Rogers's sense of personal, professional, and artistic malaise, which culminated in his decades-long attempt to make a film about his life.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2009
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

Unfortunately, a man died (from cancer) in the making of this explicitly introspective life tome; it was the only way he saw to complete his masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 4/4

July 16, 2009
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Olch doesn't make it easy to identify with Rogers and his stylish existence, but that choice begins to pay off gradually as the fragments start to add up to something more.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 1, 2009
Philippe Garnier
L.A. Weekly
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There hasn't been as good a film of this type in this country since Tarnation, which means Olch's movie is a treat and a surprise no one should pass on.

June 25, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

The ongoing, deeply personal introspection that permeates the picture gives it the haunting feel of a séance.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2009
Karina Longworth
Cinematical

One gets swept up in the first soapy, then tragic melodrama of the life matter that overwhelmed Rogers' desire/compulsion/ability to make art.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

June 21, 2009
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

Maybe Edwards has some crazy intent to try and offer his reel to God himself and get a pass. Whatever the case, he leaves one heck of a masterpiece for us mortals.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2009
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

There's something worth valuing in a documentary that would be a worthy companion piece to both Grey Gardens and Synecdoche, New York.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 18, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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From the wall-to-wall piano score to Rogers' tedious navel-gazing, The Windmill Movie renders prosaic and pretentious the churning conflict behind the process of artistic creation.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

June 18, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The examined life may be the only one worth living, but as The Windmill Movie profoundly illustrates, it's no guarantee of happiness.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A warm portrait of the fascinating Richard P. Rogers, an experimental filmmaker.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2009
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

a heady combination of Synecdoche, New York, Annie Hall, Peeping Tom, and It's All True but all the more compelling because The Windmill Movie is all true.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 17, 2009
S. James Snyder
Time Out New York
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A mind-bending autobiography by proxy.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 17, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The Windmill Movie is a version of the autobiography of Richard P. Rogers that might have been.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

June 17, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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In finishing what was left undone, Olch's tribute to his mentor is more an act of hubris than humility.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 16, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A stirring autobiography-by-proxy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2008
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