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The Woodmans Reviews

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Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
January 21, 2011
A journeyman-like investigation into the life and legacy of photographer Francesca Woodman, C. Scott Willis' The Woodmans is a conventional talking-heads-and-clips documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2011
The Woodmans isn't out to demonize Francesca's upbringing or to play the blame game for her untimely death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 12, 2016
This intimate film is a fascinating glimpse into the emotions and art of a New York family whose bright star committed suicide 30 years ago at age 22.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 18, 2011
A haunting study in family dynamics.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 19, 2011
If its message can be boiled down to one sentence, it is George's stoic observation: "There is a psychic risk in being an artist."
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
January 20, 2011
a movie that burrows into questions about how our talents are molded, how artistic promise can lead to crippling loneliness, and the burden of great expectations.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Singer
IFC.com
January 18, 2011
A thought-provoking look at one troubled family of artists and their need to express themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
January 19, 2011
Though compelling, it is a complicated and difficult experience to watch The Woodmans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 19, 2011
Unsettling, evocative tale of an artistic yet dysfunctional family.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 19, 2011
Making art is more than a pastime, a hobby or even a career, as shown in the emotional family profile The Woodmans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2011
An indelible group portrait of a family of artists.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 15, 2011
Willis provides no easy answers and points no fingers, but the search proves fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2011
It's impossible to listen to Francesca's parents, deadly serious about art as a higher calling, without feeling both saddened and disturbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 18, 2011
This intriguing docu, winner at the 2010 Tribeca Film Fest, offers a poignant look at the haunting art of Francesca Woodman by placing her life and work in the broader contexts of her family (her parents are artists) and NY art world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 20, 2011
Willis works to turn The Woodmans into an existential mystery, through a soundtrack full of moody vibes, interviews shot in tight close-ups, and the floating words from Francesca's diaries that Willis inserts as a kind of answer from beyond the grave.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Armond White
New York Press
January 26, 2011
Willis' careful balancing act between portraying a unique family unit and the peculiarities of genius winds up making The Woodmans disturbing in an unexpected way.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 24, 2011
Woodman's black-and-white photographs, many of them self-portraits, convey a haunting sense of isolation; of something forever lost from the empty, almost decaying rooms in which she drapes herself.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 28, 2011
The Woodmans tells the compelling, if slightly disturbing, story of a family coming to grips with love, ego, resentment and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2011
By the time it ends, however, it has applied enough fine brush strokes to create a subtle and vaguely disturbing portrait of a dysfunctional family of artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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