Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)



Critic Consensus: Andy Goldsworthy and his art are beautifully captured in this engaging documentary.

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Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to offscreen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works. We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements; we also see, for example, a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it. Riedelsheimer takes us to Goldsworthy's home in Penport, Scotland, and to a French museum, but the emphasis of the film is on observing Goldsworthy at work. ~ Todd Kristel, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

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A beautiful, probing art documentary.

April 16, 2004
Globe and Mail
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Most of Goldsworthy's work is impermanent, but Rivers and Tides captures, permanently, both the art and the artist, showing us a creative, productive life in the process of being well-lived.

December 19, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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The artistry of Thomas Riedelsheimer's film perfectly compliments Goldsworthy's art.

August 7, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Goldsworthy's] art is meant to be evanescent, like the nature he reveres. We are privileged to see it documented by the filmmaker's camera.

July 25, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Mr. Goldsworthy's work is meant to be photographed -- 'photography is the way that I talk about my sculptures,' he says -- and Mr. Riedelsheimer rises to the occasion.

Full Review… | July 24, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Assumes a meditative, Zen-like quality that sends the viewer floating away, like a leaf.

Full Review… | June 13, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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Audience Reviews for Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

In understanding the art behind Goldsworthy, one must enter the realm between nature and artistic fiction. If you are visionary enough, you might just find out that this realm is something worth capturing

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

This is the most hilariously overrated film I’ve seen in recent memory. It made me laugh harder than Superbad. And the piles of lavishing praise shown in these reviews take me to an extremely cynical place with the epiphany that Art is truly a minor part of peoples’ lives. Even professional film critics (paired with the “user comments” of gullible civilians like/unlike yours truly) reserve a small window for the seeming “fine” arts, and whatever cow patty splats at their feet conveniently gets awarded the quota. To be ironic and yet truthful, I highly recommend this film for some of the funniest moments in cinematic history. You will be cheering for Andy’s little nature puzzles to collapse by the first quarter-hour, and when they do, it’s devilish fun.

H. Paul Moon
H. Paul Moon

[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Rivers and Tides" is an interesting, low-key documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor who works in nature while using material that he finds. The documentary captures his working at home in rural Scotland and abroad in Nova Scotia, New York and France. Goldsworthy is not sure what his sculptures will turn out due to the very unpredictability of what he is working with. Some of them are designed to be carried away by the rivers and tides. Thus, he illustrates how nature is ephemeral. It's very different seeing artwork that is not permanent and hanging in a museum.(I was thinking about the temporary paintings that were created only for "The Mystery of Picasso.") Goldsworthy captures these temporary sculptures by photographing them. [/color][/font]

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