Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance Reviews

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May 5, 2020
Sometimes the smartest person in the room knows what they're talking about, and while you may grow frustrated with Naharin's methods, both his results and the film about him are tremendous.
April 18, 2019
Heymann may have omitted too much due to overestimating the public's knowledge of Naharin's career, yet Mr Gaga is always interesting, and at times deeply moving.
August 24, 2017
Although the film doesn't truly define Naharin's Gaga style of dance, it's still a fascinating look inside the life and mind of the reigning godfather of modern dance
April 21, 2017
Credit goes to Heymann for both his presentation of Naharin's work (which might have been tedious and/or inaccessible for the uninitiated) and character (which might have been obscured by the maestro's presence and/or the figures he commands).
March 31, 2017
[B]odies are bent, not broken. The results are resilient, ravishing, resounding.
March 31, 2017
Naharin's style is both idiosyncratic and accessible, his movements both angular and supple, but above all his dances celebrate the body, built for the joy of motion.
March 31, 2017
[Director Tomer] Heymann smartly lets the art speak for itself and for [Ohad] Naharin.
March 30, 2017
Gaga [has] an emphasis on personal interpretation of the music rather than formal technique ... Director Tomer Heymann shows some startling examples of the results; I just wish we could see more of them, and in greater length.
March 30, 2017
Naharin's dances, amply illustrated from decades' worth of film, are visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.
March 29, 2017
This is a documentary that anyone who cares about art will respond to. Naharin is an intriguing subject -- not always truthful or predictable, but utterly compassionate and principled in his own uneasy way.
March 29, 2017
Mr. Gaga doesn't really explain why the demanding choreographer is called Mr. Gaga, but dance fans will still be in thrall to this charismatic figure and his rule-bending art.
March 17, 2017
The portrait of the artist might be a bit uncritically rosy; still, this is a compelling dance film that captures the drive and passion of a key figure in contemporary choreography.
March 9, 2017
Watching Mr. Gaga develop as a dancemaker is as entrancing as watching Batsheva perform live.
March 9, 2017
[A] fascinating if frustratingly discursive documentary ...
March 8, 2017
In performance and rehearsal clips, Heymann's saturated cinematography captures the raw physicality and emotion of Naharin's work, and the way he cajoles, demeans and seduces his dancers.
March 2, 2017
Gaga looks like fun, but the soul-revealing "Mr. Gaga" makes clear the sacrifice Naharin's dedication has exacted from family and dancers alike.
February 9, 2017
The dancing alone is worth the price of admission, and Naharin is a dynamic if somewhat aloof subject.
February 9, 2017
When someone can talk as well as they create, the rewards are considerable, as the documentary "Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance" convincingly demonstrates.
February 3, 2017
A fascinating if uneven portrait.
February 1, 2017
A superb dance documentary in its almost single-minded focus on process.
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