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Side by Side Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 13, 2012
Possibly only of value to true cinephiles, but it's a vital education on the highs and lows of film vs. digital as the medium moves into an exciting new direction of creative access and picture clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
September 13, 2012
Side by Side doesn't give too much weight to either half of the debate, correctly noting that the move to digital has both pros and cons while offering a rather detailed history of how we got here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 13, 2012
Delights in bringing us all onto the set, into the editing room and behind the camera--thrilling places in any format.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
September 7, 2012
The pro-digital propaganda feel is a major detraction
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine
September 7, 2012
Anyone who is interested in the history of film technology and cinema can certainly take something away from Side by Side, even if it is just learning the opinion of Robert Rodriguez or Danny Boyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
September 7, 2012
I appreciate [Reeves'] interest and passion on the subject, and his interview style is fine -- the conversations he finds himself engaged in with the Wachowski's especially is worth watching it for alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 7, 2012
There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 5, 2012
Side By Side works as well as it does by celebrating the filmmaking practice as a distinctive art form no matter what process it uses to make images into motion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
September 5, 2012
Obviously the issues discussed in Side by Side are provocative, and the film allows viewers to have their own opinion as much as its filmmaker subjects do.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 5, 2012
A film about film that matters -- one that ably sums up an art form, where we've been and where we're going.
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
September 5, 2012
Always accessible, the doc lays out pros and cons of each medium.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 5, 2012
A documentary film that asks the sort of questions most major film studios don't want asked or answered.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 3, 2012
Fascinating combination of the technical and the aesthetic. The best exhibition to date of the digital revolution in filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
August 31, 2012
The digital takeover of contemporary movie-making may not be a hot topic around the American water cooler, but in Side by Side it is revealed as a large and fascinating subject.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 31, 2012
An unapologetically serious, geek-friendly documentary, it talks pixels, grain, depth of field and other technical concerns with a variety of directors, cinematographers, special-effects wizards and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 31, 2012
A surprisingly accessible documentary about an often very technical subject - the revolution surrounding Hollywood's rapid conversion from 35mm film to digital technologies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 30, 2012
"Side by Side" is a kind of eulogy for celluloid, beginning with some of the most famous images committed to film: "A Trip to the Moon," "Citizen Kane," "The Wizard of Oz."
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 30, 2012
For a film geek this movie is absolute heaven, a dream symposium in which directors, cinematographers, editors and a few actors gather to opine on the details of their craft.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 30, 2012
Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 30, 2012
Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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