Sherman's March (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sherman's March (1986)




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Ross McElwee documents his march, akin to Admiral Sherman's, from North Carolina through the South, in search of true romance.

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Critic Reviews for Sherman's March

All Critics (12)

An utterly charming docu, McElwee's personal essay-travelogue parallels and inverses General Sherman's march during the Civil war, centering on lost loves and new ones, shrewdly using the camera as a weapon and romantic device.

March 22, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Unlike Sherman and his reviled scorched earth mode of warfare, McElwee's chasse romantique is ultimately less effectual and usually ends in a nervous, frustrated goodbye.

February 7, 2006 | Full Review…

earns him a place as one of America's most unique, and treasured, documentary filmmakers.

November 30, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Love and alienation in the nuclear age

June 19, 2004

Sherman's March is an extraordinary documentary by Ross McElwee that mixes American history, a romantic quest, and the search for meaning in the early 1980s.

April 29, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

McElwee asks us to reconnect not only with each other but with our human spirit.

April 2, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherman's March


Not only is Sherman's March a beautiful portrait of one man's personal journey through the strange tapestry of love and history, it's a wonderful snapshot of the American south in the early 80's. Heartwarming, hilarious, insightful, seemingly everyone in Ross's life is full of a kind of esoteric wisdom about life and existence. What makes any documentary great is how much personality a filmmaker can squeeze from the subject in a brief window of time. Ross McElwee's talent lies in his almost priestly ability to get people talking, about everything. This shy, unassuming man is like a great cosmic sponge who gets closer to unraveling the great mystery of woman more than anything else I've seen.

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

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