Patti Smith: Dream of Life Reviews

December 5, 2008
For all its transient black-and-white beauties, denies its subject the sort of solid context that would reveal the scale of her achievements. A patchy, frustrating, though loving tribute.
October 23, 2008
That spirit of encountering the world with undying artistic curiosity -- and without a plan -- informs Dream of Life, a drifting portrait of Smith.
October 17, 2008
If you don't already own "Horses," this movie will make you want to go out and buy it. You'll also want to start surfing the Internet to fill in the blanks that Dream of Life fails to include.
October 17, 2008
There's a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film -- for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money.
September 26, 2008
Dream of Life barely hints at the transformational energy that Smith exudes in person, but it does paint a portrait of a defiantly creative life.
September 26, 2008
Patti Smith: Dream of Life, fashion photographer Steven Sebring's impressionistic study of the most influential of punk poets, disarms and charms with its honesty.
August 8, 2008
The film never penetrates beyond how Smith chooses to define herself. And the paltry amount of live performances is a crime.
August 8, 2008
I imagine you could call Dream of Life a loving meditation on a one-of-a-kind performer. And you don't have to be a Smith fan (I am one, by the way) to enjoy.
August 8, 2008
Few documentaries about living artists get as deep into their subject's brain and heart as this one about the rock priestess and poetess.
August 6, 2008
The opportunity to introduce newbies to a serious music-world icon -- and her significance -- feels squandered.