!Women Art Revolution Reviews

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 3, 2011
We weren't all there watching the struggle take place, and a more clearly stated thesis or a simple delineation of cause and effect could have gone a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
Lynn Hershman Leeson introduces us only superficially to her dozens of pioneering friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 3, 2011
Good politics, bad filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 6, 2011
Self-described "patchy" documentary about a determined movement of female artists to gain visibility in a male-dominated world pummels with scores of talking heads and archival material.
Elisabeth Subrin
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
An intimate, insider portrait of the most influential art movement of the late 20th century.
Matt Mazur
October 26, 2011
What the director succeeds in doing is constructing a powerful educational tool that incorporates primary documents and oral histories of the women who made the movement, giving them space to finally have their voices heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Has meaningful things to say about race, class, power, sexuality, and economics as well.
Mike Scott
July 14, 2011
These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
June 14, 2011
It's affecting, and the tone, which is polemical, is also rueful and realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
May 14, 2012
...a real trip down memory lane for people involved in the early feminist movement in the United States (the soundtrack alone will push your nostalgia button), and a great resource for teaching...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2011
[The] footage -- some 125 hours of it -- became perhaps the only known record of an entire movement of art that was otherwise unseen and undocumented.
Stan Hall
October 26, 2011
A compelling story emerges of a feminist art movement inspired by the civil rights and anti-war movements, its loosely organized members striving for equality and recognition through guerrilla protest tactics that were in themselves art.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
May 31, 2011
Passionate, contentious, funny, sincere, politically attuned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Voynar
Movie City News
October 26, 2011
This doc is real gem -- as relevant to the feminist art movement as Exit Through the Gift Shop was for street art, albeit less flashy in its composition.
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John Anderson
September 23, 2010
Anyone seeking a dialectic, of course, can look elsewhere, but Hershman Leeson's film is a valuable resource on a movement whose issues remain relevant.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 19, 2011
It's both enlightening and a bit messy, but then history is always messy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
Contrasting with the ferment of the times, the film is orderly and rather subdued, but it's an excellent introduction to a movement that produced artists as diverse as Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and Miranda July.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
August 26, 2011
A staunch declaration of identification and reverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 31, 2011
!Women Art Revolution moves briskly, unfolding as one lively sit-down after another with artists, scholars, and curators who established themselves at the height of second-wave feminism.
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
October 26, 2011
An important film about the women's art scene which has never really received its due.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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