The Eyes of Orson Welles

Critics Consensus

The Eyes of Orson Welles uses a brilliant filmmaker's non-cinematic work to investigate his aesthetic from a refreshing -- and thoroughly entertaining -- perspective.



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Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before - through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.


Critic Reviews for The Eyes of Orson Welles

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

  • A digressive, idiosyncratic, and altogether fascinating documentary by Mark Cousins...

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • On its own, it's a nimble, eccentric, sometimes questionable but mostly insightful journey into the coursing visual mind of a voracious and revolutionary artist.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's something vaguely mournful, if not altogether sentimental, about Mark Cousins's new documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles, a two-hour love letter to the legendary director.

    Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This movie is iffy as both biography and unconventional documentary, but as a work of old-school art criticism, fronted by the kind of teacher whose classes you'd never skip, it's hard to beat.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie intersperses observations and speculations on Welles's life and work with long looks at his graphic pieces. These are fascinating.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Cousins turns his interpretive gifts and mellifluous delivery to the legend of Orson Welles, and achieves the impossible - he makes it new.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

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