Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Reviews

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March 16, 2020
A documentary that brims with love and admiration for Morrison's work and life.
March 13, 2020
Overall, The Pieces I Am is a celebratory, empowering and vivacious documentary, allowing audiences to bask in the company of the woman behind the legacy.
March 10, 2020
The film is a bit too long but if you have read the books it will make you want to reread them, and if you haven't you will want to.
March 10, 2020
[Morrison's] novels managed to catch the African-American experience better perhaps than anyone has before or since, and to listen to her talk about her craft here is a joy.
March 10, 2020
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's documentary portrait of the Nobel-winning author is a fluent introduction to her work, but its main attraction is the sense it gives you of being in her company.
March 9, 2020
Instead it capitalises on the authority with which she talks about her craft and the life experience and history that has informed it to provide an illuminating personal insight into her radical body of work.
March 9, 2020
Whether you have read everything she wrote or have never ventured into her worlds, it's likely that the first thing you'll do when you leave the cinema is pick up one of her novels.
March 7, 2020
Greenfield-Sanders's film is not as structurally daring as its subject, but it makes great use of archive and text alongside its talking heads.
March 5, 2020
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' timely documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning novelist is a persuasive argument for rereading Morrison if you've already read her works -- and if you haven't, an imperative to get to it.
March 5, 2020
The revelation that Morrison was also a single mother of two, who would get up daily at 4am to write before going to her high-powered job at a New York publishing house, is equally inspiring and exhausting.
March 5, 2020
This documentary is a potent commercial for the books themselves.
March 5, 2020
Makes you want to read the books, so full success on that front.
March 4, 2020
For all the intellectual content, the most rewarding part of this documentary is the presence of Morrison herself - her infectious laugh, her famous carrot cake, her joyful love of parties.
March 4, 2020
Coming less than a year after her death, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' film can't help being an elegy - but a celebration, too, of a woman acutely of her times and always a step ahead of them.
March 4, 2020
It's incisive, it's precise, and it's honest
March 3, 2020
A celebratory portrait of author Toni Morrison painted by those who knew her, this compelling documentary also explores how her work gives such a powerful voice to the African American experience.
March 3, 2020
[A] fitting tribute to a national treasure.
March 2, 2020
While there is nothing overly innovative in the documentary's form or presentation, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an articulate, funny, and powerful celebration of one of America's premier literary forces.
March 2, 2020
I recommend it to anyone. If you feel that it can inspire you or touch you, it will. If you just want a pleasant watch, it works well for that too. All of this hammers in what a loss it was to lose her last year.
March 2, 2020
'A writer's life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity,' wrote Morrison, and this film acts as an essential record for both the initiated and those not already acquainted with her work.
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