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Absolute Wilson Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2007
A good introduction to those unfamiliar with the artist, while it should also be pleasing to his fans.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael McDonagh
March 12, 2007
Yet Otto-Bernstein's clips, though well-chosen, never convey what seeing Wilson live is like...Her book is much more stimulating.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
One comes away from this documentary fully satisfied and yet wanting even more, a testament to the skill of the filmmakers and the utter fascination of their subject.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
February 9, 2007
It's difficult for the uninitiated to glean from this film a real sense of Wilson's oeuvre, or its influence on the zeitgeist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 8, 2007
Offer insights into the director's methods and motivations.
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Peter Marks
Washington Post
January 26, 2007
Does a good basic job of recapitulating the highs and lows of a career filled with restless energy and an outsize drive to achieve.
Harvey S. Karten
January 19, 2007
What's the point of knowing what there is to know about a fellow when we get only sound bites of what he has done with his enormous talent?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2007
As a piece of entertainment, there's no getting around the fact that the film rises or falls on the degree to which the clips from Wilson's productions grab the viewer's attention and the ideas they embody arrest the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Goldstein
January 5, 2007
A stirring portrait of a theatrical sensation, one that should motivate artists of all stripes to break away, follow their bliss, and, most importantly, never take no for an answer.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 4, 2007
Though it doesn't make Wilson's art any less obtuse, it certainly helps us connect to the man who created it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2007
Impressive as is Wilson's output and oeuvre, it's the fully-engaged, aesthetically driven life that fascinates. And Otto-Bernstein's movie is a portrait of an artist at his most essential, in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly
January 4, 2007
Wilson is the prime example of what happens when money is continually thrown at a voracious ego -- its creative universe keeps expanding until the money stops. One problem is that most of Wilson's works don't 'snapshot' very well as excerpts.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
January 3, 2007
... presents the general chronology of Wilson's life, which is certainly interesting ... but it's unclear whether the movie serves his work well...
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2006
Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary provides an excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson.
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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
December 1, 2006
Absolute Wilson may not be original, but Wilson absolutely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune
November 30, 2006
While the testimonials from friends and colleagues are predictable, the subject himself opens up to the camera in strikingly revelatory fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 29, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
October 29, 2006
Though more celebratory than truly critical, and dealing more with the artist than the private eperson, being the first docu of one of the century's most innovative creators has both historical and aesthetic merits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
October 28, 2006
It's recommended for Wilson fans and those who are interested in fringe entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
October 28, 2006
Over all, though not surprisingly, the result is too sharply slanted in favor of Wilson's genius rather than in questioning his talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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