Side by Side Reviews

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February 13, 2020
The film's breadth of opinions - of which there are too many to recount in a single article - indicates that there is no 'right' choice, and impressively captures a debate that may not rage forever.
March 4, 2019
... if you're a film nerd, you are IN ABSOLUTE HEAVEN while watching this, totally enamored of every word, and thrilled about hearing the debate.
December 7, 2018
Celluloid or digital film - which is the better format? Directors, cinematographers, editors and other film professionals weigh in on the question in Chris Kenneally's densely packed doc.
September 18, 2017
... a stunningly fascinating documentary...
August 5, 2014
...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital.
September 10, 2013
The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.
March 13, 2013
Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery.
March 10, 2013
Keanu Reeves proves a surprisingly engaging host for this documentary inquiry into the ongoing transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking.
March 4, 2013
Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema.
February 18, 2013
At once a celebration of new technology and a lamentation of a passing one, Side by Side is oddly depressing to watch.
February 17, 2013
It asks questions about culture and technology, the creation of a new sensibility, and whether we're looking at the debasement of values or a new democracy coming to the arts.
February 15, 2013
This is route-one stuff.No serious film enthusiast will, however, want to miss Side by Side.
February 14, 2013
Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due.
February 14, 2013
Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.
February 14, 2013
It's sweet and sparkling, as glassfuls of thought are provided by James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and other champagne cinematic cerebra.
February 14, 2013
A riveting, informative and extremely entertaining documentary about the digital vs celluloid debate that's a must-see for anyone interested in films and filmmaking.
February 11, 2013
Side by Side delves into areas too niche to entice the casual cinemagoer, but nevertheless this really is essential viewing for movie fans.
January 21, 2013
With film labs closing down and new formats springing up all the time, this is a timely stock-take of 21st Century cinema.
November 16, 2012
The movie doesn't offer much consideration of digital video as an esthetic in its own right -- as something that is valuable because it is *distinctive* from film, rather than as a format that aspires to be *indistinguishable* from film.
October 24, 2012
Probing documentary on the history of film that's geared for techies, those in the film industry, geeks or film junkies.
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