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Men at Lunch Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 14, 2013
Men at Lunch loses sight of its lede and fumbles away viewer interest. The photo itself says more than this muddled documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Leonard Maltin
October 4, 2013
Few New York City photos are as familiar or evocative as the one that inspired the documentary "Men At Lunch."
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
Regrettably, "Men at Lunch" obsesses over disappearing ghosts instead of the records we already have and the history we should know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
September 19, 2013
The film feels meandering. Not only does it offer a jumble of ideas that aren't followed through, but it's also structured oddly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 19, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 19, 2013
But just as the documentary doesn't really have the goods when it comes to solving the photograph's mysteries, it only skims across the surface of what the picture represents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
Shots of modern men rebuilding One World Trade Center stirringly evokes the majestic photo's continuing connection to the present.
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
April 18, 2013
Whether it merits a feature-length documentary or a slot on PBS, I'm not sure.
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
February 20, 2013
While some interviewees proffer genuine insights worth pondering, these can't balance the film's wayward focus and runaway aggrandisement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 17, 2013
The core image is striking, but it's not quite as "iconic" as claimed. The allusions to 9/11 are unnecessary. But Men at Lunch remains an honourable, worthwhile effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Niki Boyle
The List
February 13, 2013
By the time an extremely misjudged 9/11 montage swings into view, you'll be wishing they'd just let the photograph speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 16, 2013
The gritty beauty of the time of the original melting pot and the mysterious origins of the most famous photo in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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