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The Windmill Movie Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 17, 2009
The Windmill Movie is a version of the autobiography of Richard P. Rogers that might have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 16, 2009
In finishing what was left undone, Olch's tribute to his mentor is more an act of hubris than humility.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 18, 2009
From the wall-to-wall piano score to Rogers' tedious navel-gazing, The Windmill Movie renders prosaic and pretentious the churning conflict behind the process of artistic creation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2009
Unfortunately, a man died (from cancer) in the making of this explicitly introspective life tome; it was the only way he saw to complete his masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Philippe Garnier
L.A. Weekly
June 25, 2009
There hasn't been as good a film of this type in this country since Tarnation, which means Olch's movie is a treat and a surprise no one should pass on.
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
June 22, 2009
The ongoing, deeply personal introspection that permeates the picture gives it the haunting feel of a sťance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Karina Longworth
June 21, 2009
One gets swept up in the first soapy, then tragic melodrama of the life matter that overwhelmed Rogers' desire/compulsion/ability to make art.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2008
A stirring autobiography-by-proxy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
June 19, 2009
Maybe Edwards has some crazy intent to try and offer his reel to God himself and get a pass. Whatever the case, he leaves one heck of a masterpiece for us mortals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
March 19, 2011
In embracing Richard Rogers' style and adopting his tone, Alexander Olch creates a documentary that's as much a respectful, moving tribute to Rogers, as it is the projected realization of Rogers' intended cinematic autobiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
June 18, 2009
There's something worth valuing in a documentary that would be a worthy companion piece to both Grey Gardens and Synecdoche, New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Brenner
June 17, 2009
a heady combination of Synecdoche, New York, Annie Hall, Peeping Tom, and It's All True but all the more compelling because The Windmill Movie is all true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stan Hall
July 31, 2009
This movie should be unbearable; instead it's grotesquely fascinating. Rogers' striking early short Quarry precedes the main feature, demonstrating the man's considerable talent.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 16, 2009
A remarkable documentary attempt to reconcile Rogers's sense of personal, professional, and artistic malaise, which culminated in his decades-long attempt to make a film about his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
June 18, 2009
The examined life may be the only one worth living, but as The Windmill Movie profoundly illustrates, it's no guarantee of happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2009
Late in this meandering film, Rogers' romantic infidelities and the onset of illness add some much-needed dynamics, but even when it's just shooting the breeze, The Windmill Movie is captivating.
| Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 17, 2009
A warm portrait of the fascinating Richard P. Rogers, an experimental filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 23, 2009
Although the format will be familiar to fans of Tarnation and Capturing the Friedmans, the result comes closer to Fellini's autobiographical 8 1/2.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2009
Olch doesn't make it easy to identify with Rogers and his stylish existence, but that choice begins to pay off gradually as the fragments start to add up to something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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