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Writer of O Reviews

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Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Rapaport intersperses her reflections and those of people who knew her with dramatizations.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 22, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

An illuminating examination of censorship and sexuality.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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[Aury] provides this talking-heads documentary with most of its vitality.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Haunting and ultimately profound.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

August 11, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Because it doesn't have the heroic impact the filmmaker seems to have been looking for, she's forced to juggle, to diminishing returns. In the process, she raises more questions than she resolves.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A dry compendium of talking-head interviews interspersed with lackadaisical dramatizations of scenes from the novel.

June 7, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It is a mash note from first-time filmmaker Pola Rapaport to Aury, but its attempts to dramatize passages of the book are at odds with Aury's advice that Story of O was a piece of writing 'not meant to be spoken.'

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Touching and sentimental.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Rapaport's] slim but informative documentary combines interviews, archival footage and elegantly lurid enactments.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The mystery of sex is dwarfed by the mystery of what French intellectuals are talking about.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2005
Jan Stuart
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Pola Rapaport, the director of this hybrid 'dramatic documentary,' is fortunate to have Aury around to relate this fascinating history.

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

May 4, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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This most unfortunate film combines standard documentary techniques with maladroit dramatizations from the life of the author of Story of O.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 3, 2005
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Disappoints in its workmanlike approach to such fragrant material.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 3, 2005
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Had 'Writer of O' featured more of the engaging aged Dominique Aury and less pseudo-literary and -psychological speculation, it would have been on surer footing.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 26, 2005
Dennis Harvey
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A so-so attempt to wring a personal documentary from a 10-year-old news story.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 14, 2005
Jessica Bryce Young
Orlando Weekly

The interviews are marvelous. The luminous Aury is beautiful and charming at 90, and her matter-of factness blows away the mist of ideology that swirls around her 'little book.'

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

April 14, 2005
Mark R. Leeper

The information is now stale news and the style of the documentary seems intentionally dry.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

January 31, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 25, 2005

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May 5, 2005
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