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Hale County This Morning, This Evening Reviews

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December 10, 2018
The finished work is more akin to home movie than politically driven exposť, its desire to give its subjects a voice over platform enough to force viewers to relate.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 2, 2018
Beauty does not skip over Hale County, [Ross] seems to say. It flows right through it, tasting of the remarkable and the yet-to-come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2018
The ambitious documentary captures some small but significant moments in the black experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 29, 2018
A very particular sort of camera is at work in Hale County This Morning, This Evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 27, 2018
A stunning example of cinematic metaphysics, it is a remarkable debut for director RaMell Ross.
November 24, 2018
Hale County features one of the most robust presentations of human experience ever committed to the screen.
November 21, 2018
Ross' eye as a photographer results in amazing cinematography. The unorthodox documentary represents cinema in its purest form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2018
Although there are families the film regularly checks in on, the impressionistic, often visually stunning Hale is more about the county's textures and atmospheres.
November 19, 2018
A 76-minute visual poem that pays homage to folks who still harbor hopes and dreams despite a hardscrabble existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2018
Ross's images are intimate and emotive; the camera often follows people closely or shows details as if through his subjects' eyes, and a heightened color intensifies the mood.
September 28, 2018
Hale County This Morning, This Evening is not sequential, but impressionistic and synergistic, based more on visual and auditory impressions than linear narrative accounts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 20, 2018
A poetic documentary with a gift for making enrapturing imagery out of what sound like ordinary, everyday events.
September 20, 2018
Though made modestly and intimately, the film embodies a vast conceptual and aesthetic ambition.
September 18, 2018
Ross has given us something valuable: a portrait of a small, overlooked section of America, presented without judgment.
September 17, 2018
Hale County is the type of film designed to violate common rules of cinema. Story gives way to lyricism; there's little dialogue, minimal plot, minutes upon minutes of pastoral imagery...Ross's lens captures a reality that's rarely seen by the human eye.
September 14, 2018
As a record of African-American imagery, it's not just an evaluation of 'how we are seen,' it's also a corrective that replaces stereotype with visual poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2018
Ross remains ever attuned to the casual grace of quotidian human actions, and the subdued splendor of nature at its plainest. Hale County is documentation as a kind of auscultation; the camera functions as a stethoscope, capturing heartbeat and breath.
Top Critic
September 13, 2018
Ross's camera captures the banal, the tragic and the triumphant alike, never lingering on any one moment for too long, and using a dreamy editing technique that doesn't always spell out its associations for us.
September 13, 2018
Begins as an effective tone poem, but Ross muddles the documentary with attempts at characterization and narrative.
September 13, 2018
In Ross's hands, intimate, human, physically-grounded episodes routinely become passageways opening onto the operations of nature.
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