Reviews

Sep 8, 2021
Along with all the incredible dancing - Ailey is at its best as a document of obsessive genius and relentless creative production.
Aug 27, 2021
Only an artistic genius could have pulled off Ailey's achievements. But the person behind the genius? Hidden.
Aug 26, 2021
You leave "Ailey" hoping that, somewhere, he's watching still.
Aug 19, 2021
It's poignant, powerful and balanced... A really great documentary.
Aug 15, 2021
"Ailey" is a richly explored tale of artistic triumph. Ailey, himself, was a stern dance company impresario, but he enthusiastically exuded a love of the art form to his dancers and the legions of followers of his celebrated company.
Aug 13, 2021
Archival interviews let the man himself narrate this biographical overview to a point, after which surviving collaborators take over.
Aug 7, 2021
After watching "Ailey" my interest to know more shows that Wignot, while constrained by the brief one hour, 22 minute run time, touches on all aspects of his creative mind and life.
Aug 7, 2021
That plays almost too much like greatest hits... But it hurts certain beats that are just incredibly powerful.
Aug 7, 2021
Poetic -- absolutely beautiful.
Aug 6, 2021
Jamila Wignot's elegant documentary demonstrates why his work merits tribute. It's a tale of artistic triumph with an obbligato of grief
Aug 5, 2021
What emerges is Ailey's power to channel his life through his work to both speak to history and resonate with anyone.
Aug 5, 2021
Though Ailey aptly demonstrates why this virtuoso should be remembered, it reveals little about the man himself, only sketchily delving into his adult personal life.
Aug 5, 2021
Wignot constructs a comprehensive enough portrait that gives Ailey his proper cinematic due.
Aug 5, 2021
I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Can You Bring It, but the two movies actually end up acting as nice companion pieces to each other.
Aug 5, 2021
A haunting portrait of what it means to be an artist - from the triumphs to the empty, lonely feeling that you're never as good as you're supposed to be.
Aug 4, 2021
How do you honor Alvin Ailey? With body, with sound, with memory born of heritage flung out to the farthest reaches of what was and who we have yet to become. Filmmaker Jamila Wignot's documentary encompasses all of the above--and it is we who are moved.
Aug 4, 2021
Best absorbed as an elegant, impressionistic primer, a chance to bask in his mastery of movement and dance, as framed by those near enough to him to know what it took out of him to gift it to the world.
Aug 3, 2021
The film brings a more human understanding of a figure so noteworthy he has earned mononym status for the title.
Jul 31, 2021
The documentary Ailey is a very traditionally made biography of a very non-traditional artist. Although the movie can be at times be slow-paced and dry, it's greatly boosted by having modern dance pioneer Alvin Ailey as a very fascinating subject.
Jul 30, 2021
There's little doubt that it's Ailey's name that has become synonymous with inventive, groundbreaking dance, Black culture, and high artistic achievement.