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Side by Side Reviews

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Jordan Hoffman
August 16, 2012
something I'd be happy to get into a jovial shouting match about over pints, but [not] for the length of a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
September 7, 2012
The pro-digital propaganda feel is a major detraction
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Simon Foster
July 22, 2012
Propelled forward by a determination on Kenneally's part to keep things fluid and fascinating rather than argumentative and academic, Side by Side is top-tier festival fodder and a must-own DVD item for any film buff.
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
March 4, 2013
Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema.
Edward Douglas
August 13, 2012
Mandatory viewing for anyone who loves movies and has any interest in learning more about how they're made and how that's been changing in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Tony Macklin
August 26, 2012
In Side by Side, editor Walter Murch states, "In a way, film was the church of the 20th century." But the church of film is shutting its doors. Stained glass is being replaced by digital imagery. A new religion is on its relentless way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2012
A serviceable primer on the digital-celluloid divide in commercial cinema, if a bit unwieldy in scope and in danger of being made obsolete by the next version of the RED camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2012
An engrossing and detailed crash course on the digital revolution.
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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
Brian Orndorf
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+
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
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