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Gerhard Richter Painting Reviews

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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 12, 2012
Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2012
Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 15, 2012
Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2012
A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2012
It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 27, 2012
"Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 20, 2012
A kind of residence with its subject rather than a report.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
The sight of Richter going back and forth between two related canvases recalls Roger Federer playing tennis with himself in slow, deliberative motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Murray Whyte
Toronto Star
March 30, 2012
Nearly two hours of drab, dull-as-dishwater footage of the politely taciturn painter quietly going about his business...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 30, 2012
A documentary about the 80-year-old German artist putting paint on canvas that offers a look at the mighty mountain of creative achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2012
The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2012
The works in question express a delicate balance between spontaneity and rigid formal control -- seeing Richter at work is a bit like watching a great trapeze artist.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
March 22, 2012
Belz delivers exactly what her title promises: the sight of Richter at work on his canvases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 15, 2012
Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 14, 2012
Instead of trotting out people - friend and foe - to comment on the renowned German abstract painter, Belz allows Richter to tell his own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 13, 2012
You will see the man toiling and revising-killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity-and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
March 13, 2012
Each swipe covers the old painting and reveals a new composition. Watching this can be fascinating, even exciting. After all, it prompts a fundamental movie question: What happens next?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
February 23, 2012
Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist as he prepares a series of abstract canvases.