Salesman Reviews

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January 24, 2018
Salesman's milieu of motels and pork-pie hats may have passed, but its broader diagnosis has lost none of its truth.
February 1, 2016
The filmmakers, despite their rueful gaze, inspire empathy for all parties to this miserable commerce.
March 9, 2015
This 1968 study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in the Boston area and in the south is a superb and truthful look at an American institution -- and at the troubling relationship between fact and fiction, materialism and spiritual values.
March 9, 2015
Salesman stands as the movie where [the Maysles] really found their voice as leading American proponents of the "direct cinema" aesthetic.
May 20, 2003
It's such a fine, pure picture of a small section of American life that I can't imagine its ever seeming irrelevant, either as a social document or as one of the best examples of what's called cinema vrit or direct cinema.
March 14, 2018
It makes us think of money in a context we have ignored in our disgust at abundance and concern for the poor.
March 9, 2015
An uncompromising documentary which simply lays its subject bare and dares us not be moved by the raw humanity on display.
March 9, 2015
Unarguably one of the greatest documentaries ever made, and an intimate portrait of the reality behind a thousand blue collar dramas.
March 9, 2015
Poignant and funny, its rhythms may seem stately to viewers used to the wham-bam style of current documentary film-making, but this is a classic of its kind.
March 9, 2015
Salesman is an exemplar of nonfictional material shaped and illuminated by sophisticated filmmakers who have absorbed the devices of fictional storytelling.
September 19, 2014
Aside from sales spiel, dialogue is spontaneous, nothing staged or repeated, no one looks at the camera or seems aware of it.
June 12, 2008
At the risk of sounding like a salesman myself, if you get a chance to see this documentary, you should jump at it.
January 20, 2007
This up close look at the anxious Bible salesmen trying to close the deal has become a cult classic documentary.
March 28, 2006
Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream.
December 6, 2005
June 11, 2005
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March 5, 2005
May not sound like the most scintillating of subjects, but the Maysles brothers have made quite a riveting, multi-layered film about it.
January 21, 2004
December 8, 2002
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