The Royal Road Reviews

August 18, 2020
It's reminiscent of Chris Ware's Building Stories: people are fleeting but the building remains. The Royal Road is as much of a love letter to a place as it is a love letter to a person.
March 9, 2019
Although I fight this desire in myself I can't help wishing The Royal Road was more vivid: bolder and dirtier.
September 6, 2016
It is at once a static, yet highly moving film.
September 6, 2016
Even as she challenges accepted mythologies, she crafts her own both warning against nostalgia and passionately arguing for it; both being seduced and seducing at once.
August 31, 2016
Queer audiences, and those with a deep passion for Hollywood - and especially those where the two elements overlap - may get the most out of Olson's movie...
March 2, 2016
The Royal Road eschews temporality; both the film's content and presentation reflect a rejection of digital cultures and a focus on grappling with the real and fictive past.
October 29, 2015
An offbeat experimental film that mixes Spalding Gray type monologue, California history and film history. It starts off on a languid note but grows on you.
October 27, 2015
Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting.
October 26, 2015
The cumulative effect is altogether perplexing, as it's difficult to tell if Olson's trying to upend clichs or settle for them.
September 25, 2015
A deeply personal, remarkably intelligent, and profoundly moving experience, Jenni Olson's The Royal Road is not easily labeled.
February 11, 2015
An utterly transfixing piece of work.
February 11, 2015
It is a risky film if your attention span is not forgiving, and some people will love it while others will be terribly put off by it.
February 11, 2015
A breathtaking cinematic essay.
February 4, 2015
If you are willing to drift along Olson's stream of consciousness, there are pleasures along the way, but not all her meanderings make the connections she hopes for.
January 29, 2015
The experience of watching "The Royal Road," in fact, is like you've gotten ahold of Olsen's diary, where she's written down the most painfully embarrassing details of each new romantic conquest.
January 23, 2015
If this ambitious film finally never quite coheres into a single whole, something which an artificial division into several chapters only helps to underline, it does provide a lot to chew on along the way.
January 23, 2015
A poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics ...