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Moving Midway Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 16, 2008
Moving Midway tells three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Southern myths rise up, then drop like flies in the enthralling documentary Moving Midway, and all because director Godfrey Cheshire's cousin is moving house. Literally.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 1, 2008
Cheshire deftly interweaves different interpretations of the antebellum South, through architecture, family memories (black and white), history, and popular culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2008
The historical and the personal converge in Moving Midway, Godfrey Cheshire's analytical and emotive portrait of ancestral roots and antebellum mystique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 16, 2008
An admirable examination of one family's belated attempt to come to grips with, if not atone for, its role in America's original sin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 12, 2008
There is a satisfyingly Faulknerian air of bizarreness about the episode, and the shots of the grand old house being trundled down country roads are amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 27, 2009
Godfrey Cheshire, a highly acclaimed film critic, uses his cinematic smarts and sensibility to good effect in "Moving Midway," his documentary about the relocation of his ancestral home, an antebellum N.C. plantation named Midway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 21, 2008
The film offers a probing and patient analyses of converging social movements related to everything from the nomination of the country's first black President to how people relate their family's history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
In its 98 minutes, film critic Godfrey Cheshire's documentary Moving Midway records an amazing architectural feat, and that's the least of its virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
December 12, 2008
The move is something to behold.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2008
Tells a fascinating and complicated story of regional identity.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
The whole idea of foundation -- as it applies to family, history, and an actual, stately American house -- receives a thoughtful inspection in Moving Midway, the graceful nonfiction film from Godfrey Cheshire.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 27, 2008
A Herculean saga worthy of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (or perhaps Les Blank's Burden of Dreams).
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 17, 2008
What begins as a leave-taking turns into a homecoming that reflects the mixed-race society of the modern south.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 28, 2009
It is more successful as a study of Dixie social sciences than as a family video diary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
October 17, 2008
Moving Midway isn't a simple-minded brotherhood-of-man tract. The film is spiked with artfully edited excerpts from some of the movies that have shaped American racial attitudes over the years.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008
Quirky yet thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 10, 2008
An exception to the rule that film critics can't do better than the directors they criticize.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
The details behind the actual move are the least interesting part of the film; far more compelling is the "history" of slavery as presented through a polished Hollywood veneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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