By Sidney Lumet Reviews

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
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
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
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
Over its one hour and 43-minute running time, the doc rewards true film nerds plenty of nuggets.
October 22, 2016
The movie is simply Lumet and his films, which turns out to be an astonishingly satisfying experience, because he's an incredible talker, with the same earthy electric push that powers his work.