Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project Reviews

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March 17, 2020
Recorder could have easily withstood the inclusion of an additional 25 minutes of material, if only to make these two disparate half-movies into a more complete profile of an under-appreciated mind.
March 7, 2020
"Recorder" shows the link between Stokes' brilliance and her craziness, and the damaging effects of obsessive behavior to the quality of a life lived. She was documenting the story, but "Recorder" shows how, in a way, she became the story.
February 25, 2020
Stokes remains something of an enigma, but watching Recorder, one thing becomes clear: We can learn a lot from the ability to rewind.
February 14, 2020
Clips from Stokes' collection are seen throughout, turning this weird but rewarding movie into a kind of review of 30 years of history.
February 6, 2020
While the documentary doesn't live up to its promise, Marion's 35 years of work appears to have found the right home and will reward researchers, and curious members of the public, for years to come.
January 7, 2020
Press play and be amazed.
December 19, 2019
In Recorder, Wolf paints a compelling portrait of a woman whose unambiguous hoarding tendencies made it difficult to identify her enormously valuable media archival project as anything beyond yet another obsession
December 18, 2019
The Marion Stokes Project captures both the inherent humor and the utter absurdity of what this single-minded woman devoted her life to. Buried within all those hours of footage are gems and relics to capture a time and place in an unprecedented fashion.
December 10, 2019
Its main focus, as established by director Matt Wolf, is to paint this one eccentric, often prickly woman as a keeper of the flame of truth.
December 3, 2019
The camera doesn't love Stokes, but it certainly respects her. The intensity of her presence is unmistakable. That intensity is attested to, not always favorably, by the various people we hear from in "Recorder."
December 3, 2019
This is a really fascinating documentary... The movie gets into these definitions of what is the difference between calling someone a hoarder or a collector?
December 1, 2019
But more than its occasional resemblance to a very special episode of "Hoarders," Wolf's strange, sad and finally exhilarating portrait is one of radical consumerism turned into a searchable legacy - the viewer as activist.
December 1, 2019
What makes Recorder so utterly compelling and beautifully textured is the absolute compassion and sympathy that director Matt Wolf has for his subject
November 21, 2019
"Recorder" is a fascinating documentary and a testament to Stokes' indomitable character, as well as her firm belief that knowledge is power.
November 20, 2019
Unfortunately, Wolf's interest in the project (which the title tags as its primary focus) is often sidetracked by his interest in investigating the drama of Stokes' relationships.
November 16, 2019
Matt Wolf's documentary reveals the secret greatness of a reclusive activist.
November 16, 2019
You need to know who Marion Stokes is, but you won't realize it until you're watching this bizarre yet fascinating documentary.
November 15, 2019
A character study of a fascinating news-junkie with a mission.
November 14, 2019
It's certainly curious that the first people to be interviewed in a movie about a former Communist activist are her chauffeur, secretary, and caretaker.
November 14, 2019
"Recorder" doesn't explore the extent to which Marion's original project of analysis was subsumed by the compulsion to tape everything. But her taping of everything created an irreproducible archive that is enlightening and the stuff of madness.
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