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Great Directors Reviews

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Top Critic
July 19, 2010
The film jumps around in dizzying disorganization, illustrating the fact that part of what a director provides to a film is not just vision and leadership, but also, as the word suggests, a narrative direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2010
As an interviewer, Ismailos doesn't probe too deep, but the 10 filmmakers (of whom, for my money, only two%u2014Agnès Varda and David Lynch%u2014qualify as "great") are more than happy to talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 6, 2010
A better title for Great Directors would be Good Directors Who Returned My Calls.
| Original Score: 1/4
Catherine Shoard
March 31, 2011
You'd learn more just watching one of their films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
Received ideas, creative-class cheerleading, and outright schmoozing bore, but the yacht party after the Cannes screening sounds awesome!
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 31, 2011
In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2010
French bad-girl director Catherine Breillat says some interesting stuff, but what would be even more interesting is footage revealing how the novice filmmaker got to hang with the artists she calls her ''heroes.''
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 2, 2010
Apprently novice filmmaker Angela Ismailos' definition of a Great Director is one who's willing to sit or walk with her while she lobs innocuous questions and gives herself lots of awed close-up reaction shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2010
The film never comes together into a cohesive whole and, ironically enough, the clips from the directors' films sometimes slow it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 29, 2010
Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2010
Ismailos' 10 mini-profiles might have been better used as DVD extras or a cablecast introduction to an individual director's movie. It's not too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
July 29, 2010
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 30, 2010
Its real title should be People Whose Films I Like and Who Agreed to Be Interviewed By Me on Camera.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
June 30, 2010
Ismailos' film is a journey into film history that revives the dormant cineaste.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2010
The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
July 9, 2010
Great Directors doesn't tell you a lot about its great directors, but as a roadmap on how to live artfully, it's rather inspiring.
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2010
It should touch all those interested in the creative process.
Cole Smithey
April 27, 2010
Film lovers will feel like they're eating a banana split of cinematic ice cream when they watch Angela Ismailos's no-nonsense interview documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Geoff Berkshire
July 1, 2010
Not much sense of purpose or unity to [director Angela] Ismailos' selection of subjects or the random strands of conversation included in her film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2010
If she dearly loves these filmmakers, or some of their films, it's too hard to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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