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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
Briskly edited and brightly shot.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2012
In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 15, 2012
The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
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Murray Whyte
Toronto Star
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 14, 2012
The Artist Is Present does at least seem to capture moments where Abramovic seems genuine...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2012
We're given an intimate seat to this wildly democratic - and creepily messianic - spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 12, 2012
Ms. Abramovic is an eloquent and passionate explicator of her art and the experiences that informed it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 11, 2012
...a competent exploration of Abramovic's methods that's also disappointing for the same reason.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Challenging art is made accessible in doc about performance-art sensation Marina Abramović.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 24, 2012
An intelligent overview that makes a radical artist's work comprehensible to audiences with no previous awareness of her or her chosen path.