Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Reviews

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.
July 11, 2019
The tone is generally celebratory and, given Morrison's extraordinary impact on American letters, deservedly so.
July 11, 2019
[W]hen it's over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room.
July 10, 2019
[I]n "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' outstanding documentary, [Morrison] tells stories, right to the camera, about herself and her life and her work, and it's magical.
July 8, 2019
Though the documentary is conventionally structured, it still stands tall as a valuable record of the life and times and work of an American treasure.
July 5, 2019
If the film is both linear... and plainly adoring, it also gives you ample reason for that adoration. You certainly end up admiring Toni Morrison, but also aching to know a bit more about her.
July 4, 2019
As with Morrison's books, The Pieces I Am invites multiple, maybe even piecemeal, encores, because few writers wield the capacity to leave their readers with an evolving parting message with each subsequent reread.
June 28, 2019
It's like attending office hours for the professor you love and fear.
June 25, 2019
While the format as such doesn't allow for a critical push-and-pull, that's not a debit. This is about time well spent on a life well lived. A series of pieces adding up to much more than the whole.
June 24, 2019
It doesn't matter whether you've have read all - or any - of Morrison books. Either way, you may leave the theater wanting to pick one up on the way home.
June 21, 2019
Morrison's legacy is more than just the titles on a reading list, and this documentary will likely help many viewers see just how monumental her accomplishments remain.
June 20, 2019
It reminds us how long she had to wait for the recognition she so richly deserved, and what a distinctive, generous, funny, astute, self-doubting, unstoppable and formidable figure she was along the way.
Top Critic
June 20, 2019
A fitting tribute, breaking up heady discussion of Morrison's major works with jazzy digressions about her family's Great Migration journey from the South to her cherished multiethnic suburb of Lorain, Ohio.
June 19, 2019
"The Pieces I Am" offers something else, as a dividend yielded by her achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of her company.
June 19, 2019
This moving and profound portrait serves as a fitting biographical tribute as well as a piercing, often painful recount of African American history from slavery and the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement and beyond.
June 18, 2019
Also, while the documentary takes its time before getting to the biographical material, it covers enough ground by the closing credits that even people who know nothing about Morrison going in should be able to pass a simple pop quiz after.
June 17, 2019
A portrait of a writer who has always dared to reflect the world as she sees it: as ugly as it is beautiful, where black characters have the agency to be as bold, hurtful, and triumphant as everyone else.
January 29, 2019
Enlivened both by its own storytelling dexterity and by the participation of its subject, who at 87 years old remains as warm, vibrant and insightful as ever.
January 28, 2019
An informative, if unadventurous appreciation of a great writer.