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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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June 15, 2012
A wildly entertaining and provocative about a bold, honest and charismatic artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
June 15, 2012
The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2012
The second half offers shot after shot of the people who sat opposite Abramovi - an unexpectedly enthralling record of reactions that range from stark agony to rather phony amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 14, 2012
So magnetic is she that if Abramovic had chosen to be a baker, or a janitor, you could still make a film about her and it would be only slightly less bombastic, and no less stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 14, 2012
A portrait of an artist whose life and work intertwine in ways even more compelling than might be imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2012
The picture gives a sense of life's fragments aligning, finally, to form a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 14, 2012
The real stars turn out to be the audience, whose natural, unguarded reactions to Abramovic give this film a transcendent, luminous and ultimately life-affirming quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2012
When director Matthew Akers is able to make Abramovic's titular 2010 MoMA exhibition - featuring anonymous, silent, face-to-face sit-downs - undeniably moving, something is obviously working.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2012
The Artist Is Present does at least seem to capture moments where Abramovic seems genuine...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2012
We're given an intimate seat to this wildly democratic - and creepily messianic - spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 13, 2012
How do you react when you walk through an entryway between a naked man and woman standing less than a foot a part ... and where do you put your hands?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2012
Fascinating documentary about Belgrade-born performance artist Marina Abramovic, her life and controversial performance pieces will engage even the most skeptical among us and trigger unexpected musings about some heavy subjects.
June 13, 2012
As she talks about her work, the struggle to present it and her obvious commitment to it, you can't help but be transfixed by her vision, whether it appeals to you or not.
June 12, 2012
Rare is the profile that captures so much oddness with so little judgment. You owe yourself a chance to be challenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2012
She's trying to access a shared humanity, to foster an unusual intimacy with viewers-to strip herself, often literally, to a naked and undeniable truth.
June 12, 2012
Ms. Abramovic is an eloquent and passionate explicator of her art and the experiences that informed it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] What starts out as an informative documentary - about an intriguing Serbian performance artist who has pushed the boundaries of her art for more than four decades - digresses into a stale exercise in futility.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 11, 2012
...a competent exploration of Abramovic's methods that's also disappointing for the same reason.
June 11, 2012
Chronicling performance artist Marina Abramovic's solo show at NYC's Museum of Modern Art, the film doesn't quite capture the force of Marina's personality, nor does it explain why she's become a contemporary cultural icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 9, 2012
As entertaining as the doc is, it never really measures up to the fascination and sheer force of personality of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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