The Painter Sam Francis (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Painter Sam Francis (2009)




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Artist Jeffrey Perkins directs this documentary about his dear friend Sam Francis, a pivotal figure in American abstract art. The film chronicles Francis' life from childhood to the peak years of his career, and features anecdotes and insights from fellow artists such as Ed Ruscha, James Turrell, and Bruce Conner. Created over the course of four decades, The Painter Sam Francis is a warm tribute to the intimate bond shared by the filmmaker and his subject.


Critic Reviews for The Painter Sam Francis

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A well-meaning mishmash that wouldn't pass muster as an episode of American Masters.

September 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a stirring snapshot of that strange space where the act of creating can be a religious experience.

September 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The portrait of Francis doesn't articulate enough to explain the film's epic gestation period.

September 8, 2009 | Full Review…

A sporadically fascinating, but often dull documentary that fails to be sufficiently illuminating, provocative and engaging.

September 17, 2009 | Rating: 5.25/10 | Full Review…

Perkins' film doesn't form as fluidly from its parts but it is, for the most part, far less interested in gazing at its subject as a tortured genius or a hero of the art world

September 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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