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Hockney offers few revelations for viewers familiar with its subject, but it remains an affectionate and thoroughly entertaining look at a British national treasure.



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Hockney weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney's career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS, making his optimism and sense of adventure truly uplifting. Hockney is funny, inspiring, bold and visionary.

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  • Despite ... sometimes dizzying artistic mood swings, "Hockney" remains grounded in the people and places that shaped the artist and his art.

    Jun 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It takes nearly an hour before anyone discusses anything conceptual, but what comes before is sufficiently entertaining, and what comes after, sufficiently illuminating.

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film fails to describe the full arc of Hockney's work and career - it is clearly addressed to those who already know that basic story.

    May 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A rich if occasionally slight bio of one of the most well-known artists of the last half-century.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There must be more gravity to the man's life and work than this breezy love letter will admit.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A documentary need not have a narrator, or be structured chronologically, but here either, or both, would have helped.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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