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Side by Side Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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+
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 30, 2012
The film is about how the digital revolution has changed the ways moviemakers capture, edit, and manipulate images, and it gets practically every famous, relevant person on the record.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
A meditation on the ways that art and technology flow into each other.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 28, 2012
Ever wonder what would happen if Keanu Reeves met David Lynch?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 23, 2012
You can feel the future, even if some of what you feel is worrying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 23, 2012
Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
"Side by Side" is a handy overview of recent seismic changes occurring within the industry and unexpectedly essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2012
The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 20, 2012
Although laid out with such clarity that any layperson could catch the gist of what's being discussed, Side by Side is not afraid to get nitty-gritty about more technical matters.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2012
An engrossing and detailed crash course on the digital revolution.