Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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March 24, 2021
This film is about how and why her fans and colleagues have fallen in love with her - and maybe just by understanding that, I too have fallen a little bit in love.
January 26, 2019
A creative film with a fascinating central subject. However, for someone of such a boundary-pushing background as Abramović, the film would have better suited her with a more radical framework.
August 27, 2018
This insightful, rather than uncritical, documentary justifies its place on the big screen.
September 8, 2013
It's a shame that the people who really need to see Matthew Akers' transfixing debut documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, won't go near it.
January 22, 2013
September 6, 2012
"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.
August 29, 2012
Like any good documentary, ""The Artist Is Present" gives insight into the life and work of a truly talented lady. Her works may not be for all tastes she but obviously has an audience if MoMA is any indication.
August 29, 2012
...for the 2 1/2 month run of the [MoMA] show, Marina would sit completely still in a chair as visitors cued up to sit across from her and look into her eyes. The effect is incredibly and unexpectedly moving.
August 29, 2012
It demonstrates how cinema can actually make the artist seem present, offering an empathetic fellow consciousness that mirrors one's soul.
August 8, 2012
Briskly edited and brightly shot.
July 9, 2012
If you have been looking for the natural meeting place of Jafar Panahi's document of life under house arrest This is Not a Film and Justin Bieber's popumentary Never Say Never, look no further.
July 8, 2012
An exhilarating, elegantly executed film that holds a mirror up to the art world, its protagonists and its devotees, forcing us to question the whole circus.
July 6, 2012
Beginning as an overview of her career, this fascinating doc closes in on the show and its many revealing encounters, asking us to consider face-to-face engagement as a way of dissolving the barriers between an artist and her public.
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.
July 6, 2012
Thanks largely to the engaging nature of its protagonist, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present stands up as one of the most diverting documentaries to hit the big screen this year.
July 5, 2012
Marina Abramović emerges from this arresting documentary as the Maria Callas of performance art.
July 5, 2012
Here, you start to feel, is commodified culture at work in its capital city.
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is nothing less than magnetic.
July 5, 2012
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.
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