What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael clearly outlines the gifts that made its subject special while offering an engaging overview of her remarkable life and career.

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The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark -- fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. With over 35 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, What She Said is an unvarnished portrait of a pioneer who was both admired and resented for what she said about art in an era of great movie-making.

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (8)

  • Thankfully, "What She Said" is balanced on the subject of Kael's clout in the film and magazine industries, which could be as bruising as it was influential.

    February 21, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • "What She Said" pays fitting homage, not just to a great writer but to a vanished age.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Not only explores the special talent of Kael and what made her famous, but is also a snapshot of a volatile and exciting era of film history...

    February 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If Kael were still alive, she might well have wanted "What She Said" to cock a more critical eye toward her. She says right in the doc that it's dangerous for a critic to be too popular.

    January 16, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While Garver's documentary isn't worthy of its subject's fascinating artistic legacy, I anxiously await the one that is.

    January 15, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A numbing torrent of largely unidentified film clips and poorly labeled commentary, Rob Garver's overstuffed tribute to the life and work of America's best-known - and most written about - film critic is at times barely coherent.

    December 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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