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Derrida Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 19, 2004
If you have any doubts about the film, just ask yourself how many other films have you seen about a renown modern philosopher.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 24, 2003
I'm not sure you'll leave the movie understanding every nuance of 'deconstruction,' but you'll have a real sense of a sophisticated thinker.
| Original Score: B
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
October 24, 2003
Exhibits a devotion to its subject that just might drive you to his books and make you wish for tea with the man who wrote them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Along the way, we absorb bits and pieces of Derrida's ideas, but the total is insufficient for the newcomer to come away with any focused understanding of Derrida and only seems to fuel the dangerous cult of hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Anderson
March 25, 2003
Derrida turns out to be an engaging, provocative and droll fellow before the cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 14, 2003
Derrida, with his mane of white hair, piercing gaze and pipe clenched between his teeth, may be the most watchable thinker since Rodin's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2003
The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
February 20, 2003
We are left with a superficial snapshot that, however engaging, is insufficiently enlightening and inviting.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 26, 2003
At the very least, if you don't know anything about Derrida when you walk into the theater, you won't know much more when you leave.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 24, 2003
The film is an intriguingly superficial view of a famously deep man.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2003
Whether or not you're enlightened by any of Derrida's lectures on "the other" and "the self," Derrida is an undeniably fascinating and playful fellow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 10, 2003
Dense and thoughtful and brimming with ideas that are too complex to be rapidly absorbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
January 7, 2003
An enthralling, playful film that constantly frustrates our desire to know the 'truth' about this man, while deconstructing the very format of the biography in a manner that Derrida would doubtless give his blessing to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
He's no easy mark, Derrida, but trying to keep up with him as he reasons his way through even the most simple questions makes for a rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
November 11, 2002
Any movie this boring should be required to have ushers in the theater that hand you a cup of coffee every few minutes. Like a marathon runner trying to finish a race, you need a constant influx of liquid just to get through it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
November 11, 2002
Dry but thought-provoking, Derrida is of interest because of the chasms of apparent contradiction it opens between the man and the philosopher.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2002
Is it possible for a documentary to be utterly entranced by its subject and still show virtually no understanding of it?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 8, 2002
Those who managed to avoid the Deconstructionist theorizing of French philosopher Jacques Derrida in college can now take an 85-minute brush-up course with the documentary Derrida. Or, you can do something fun tonight.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2002
An absolutely first-rate documentary about his life and thought that is the cinematic equivalent of a mind-expanding drug.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Holly Willis
L.A. Weekly
November 7, 2002
The result is fascinating, whether you're smitten by him or his work, or simply intrigued by contemporary thought.
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