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Side by Side Reviews

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Josh Larsen
August 5, 2014
...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2013
The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 13, 2013
Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2013
Keanu Reeves proves a surprisingly engaging host for this documentary inquiry into the ongoing transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2013
Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema.
Miles Fielder
The List
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
February 15, 2013
This is route-one stuff.No serious film enthusiast will, however, want to miss Side by Side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 14, 2013
Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 14, 2013
Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 8, 2012
A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 24, 2012
Probing documentary on the history of film that's geared for techies, those in the film industry, geeks or film junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2012
It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
This exhaustive documentary is one of the best films ever made about the filmmaking process.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2012
Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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