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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
February 26, 2013
| Original Score: B

Austin Chronicle
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 17, 2012
Despite its overall tone of cataclysm and condemnation, Kiefer's monstrous works sing more than they shriek. This is highly personal artwork writ in a grand, towering script, and all the more intellectually and artistically legible for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2012
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" is that rare art documentary - one that places the art front and center, not as an adjunct to its maker's biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
September 16, 2011
It's a mesmerizing experience and a must-see for anyone interested in the artistic aspects of filmmaking, as well as those who are interested in Kiefer's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cynthia Fuchs
September 8, 2011
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow provides a series of evocative but also elusive compositions, as well as some contemplations.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
August 17, 2011
It's a testament to how fascinating Kiefer's work is that the film is still enjoyable, if intermittently very dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 11, 2011
Shot in widescreen CinemaScope, Fiennes' film is a mesmerizing spectacle that asserts its own pace...
Nora Lee Mandel
August 10, 2011
Art tourists [get] special access [to] Kiefer channeling creative and destructive energy of boys (mankind? male artists?) in intellectual context and fantastic, adult scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 10, 2011
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow attempts to let Kiefer's art, and the process by which it's made, speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 10, 2011
Breathtaking imagery competes with a scary lack of human interest in this hypnotic, potentially alienating documentary about German sculptor Anselm Kiefer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 10, 2011
A daunting work that will please movie lovers willing to invest their time and intellect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 9, 2011
The camera movements are graceful, almost ethereal, yet the objects themselves - with their impastos of organic and inorganic materials, their metaphoric resonances, historical allusions and intimations of war - feel unmistakably weighty.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 9, 2011
In equal parts mesmerizing and disorienting, Over Your Cities (the title comes from the biblical story of Lilith) plunges viewers into the earth, wind, and fire of Kiefer's massive-scale projects.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
August 9, 2011
Meanders through the world-making works of landscape artist Anselm Kiefer in reverential awe and little skepticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 20, 2010
A fascinating, offbeat portrait of a distinctive artist, this film offers very little commentary, merely observing the work as well as the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lisa Mullen
Sight and Sound
October 19, 2010
Is this a film about art, or about film as art? That's the question asked by Sophie Fiennes' ravishing, hypnotic record of the work of Anselm Kiefer.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 18, 2010
It is not a film that offers a great deal of insight or explanation, just a chance to luxuriate in the world that Kiefer has created.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2010
[Provides] a surprisingly poetic picture of the inelegant process sometimes required to create beautiful things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 15, 2010
The tortured, lugubrious creations of the German artist Anselm Keifer (born 1945) are given a mesmerising showcase in Sophie Fiennes's documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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