Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Reviews

December 14, 2017
How vital is Didion? Harrison Ford shows up to discuss being her carpenter in '70s Malibu, and all you want is to get back to Joan.
November 30, 2017
Director Dunne continues in this family tradition here -- he respects Didion enough to let her decide how much she wants to reveal, and Didion trusts Dunne to get it right on the screen.
October 30, 2017
The Center Will Not Hold is instead a celebration of the thing that existed far before the internet came along: Joan, the person.
October 27, 2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold is sometimes beautiful, mostly workmanlike. As a document of the very old recounting her dreams at breakfast, it's a bit of a marvel.
October 27, 2017
A fond and appreciative portrait of one of American journalism's superstars.
Top Critic
October 26, 2017
Dunne seems to have an intuition about how far he can push his aunt on any given subject, and a natural protectiveness around her legacy.
October 26, 2017
Access is almost everything for a documentary filmmaker, and the entree Griffin Dunne had to his celebrated subject makes all the difference in "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold."
October 26, 2017
This is an intensive appreciation of perhaps the greatest living American essayist, and one of the best ever. It plays like a finely tuned authorized biography.
October 24, 2017
Ms. Didion's triumph, as a writer and a human being, has been to take the age for what it is, to pinpoint how she saw it, and to stick it out.
October 23, 2017
The result, though loving and celebratory, is closer to an official portrait than an illuminating biography.