By Sidney Lumet Reviews

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November 1, 2018
By Sidney Lumet feels incredibly tame and safe, a film that serves more as an introductory lesson for freshmen film students.
November 20, 2017
A necessity for anyone interested in analyzing Lumet's work or those just interested in watching good films.
February 13, 2017
Like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's De Palma (also released in 2016), by Sidney Lumet has one undeniable result: it instills a fervent wish to watch the director's entire output from beginning to end... [Blu-ray]
January 3, 2017
It's a great body of work and a satisfying biography.
January 3, 2017
The film is fascinating and important as it is, and Buirski made the right decision in focusing largely on the Anker interviews with Lumet.
December 29, 2016
[Lumet] had come to understand how some in Hollywood had ended up cooperating with investigators and giving them names. A characteristically blunt assessment of reality-a kind of which this portrait is full, as it is of warmth and wit.
December 28, 2016
It's the kind of documentary that might serve as a perfect introduction to Lumet's work; when it's done, you want to watch all of these films immediately.
November 3, 2016
It allows Lumet to remind us, in his own voice, of the passion in his ostensible dispassion - the way he deftly subsumed self-expression within the brisk rhythms of his material and the superb performances of his actors.
October 28, 2016
Anyone who's looking for a more profound peak behind the curtain, both intellectually and emotionally, will be left underwhelmed and disappointed.
October 28, 2016
The abundance of clips here are deftly chosen and play remarkably well out of context.
October 28, 2016
It is beautifully constructed, not as a chronological biography of a directorial legend but as a thematic exploration of his work.
October 28, 2016
Filled with an abundance of film clips from Lumet's vast body of work and interesting behind the scenes stories from Lumet, the movie will mainly be of interest to film buffs and fans of the heralded directors movies.
October 28, 2016
Makes the case for Lumet not only as one of the Hollywood greats, but also one of its rare filmmakers of conscience-a passionate storyteller whose films wrestle with dilemmas of decency, justice, and fairness.
October 27, 2016
Mr. Lumet comes across as a mensch, but he was also a complex artist whose often literally dark films were filled with shadows, rage and spit, not just nobility.
October 27, 2016
Shares the flaws of Lumet's own movies: It's workmanlike and impassioned, but ultimately preaching to the choir.
October 27, 2016
It's an enthralling film, very much worthy of its skillful subject.
October 27, 2016
By Sidney Lumet has no clue how to make a case for its subject's movies. Lumet (filmed in 2008, some years before his death) can't separate good from bad in his work, and neither can director Nancy Buirski.
Top Critic
October 27, 2016
A fascinating exploration of how a great mind worked by allowing the quality of his scripts to determine the style of each film-including not only the inner life but the camera, the clothes, the entire visual approach.
October 26, 2016
Coming away from "By Sidney Lumet," you see a master filmmaker as he'd likely have presented himself: a man as complex as his movies and the worlds they explored.
October 26, 2016
Over its one hour and 43-minute running time, the doc rewards true film nerds plenty of nuggets.
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