Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project Reviews

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.
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.
November 16, 2019
Matt Wolf's documentary reveals the secret greatness of a reclusive activist.
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.
April 26, 2019
Intriguing from first minute to last.
April 26, 2019
As we get to know Marion Stokes, her motivation for doing what she did comes to seem more and more resonant and fascinating and less and less of a private compulsive geek-out.
April 26, 2019
While the value of Stokes' tapes were disputed as she made them, their worth is no longer a question. Neither is hers.