Salesman Reviews

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.