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Writer of O Reviews

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Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Rapaport intersperses her reflections and those of people who knew her with dramatizations.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 18, 2006
An illuminating examination of censorship and sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 10, 2005
The real reason to see this slight but interesting documentary is to watch and listen to the radiant Aury.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 12, 2005
[Aury] provides this talking-heads documentary with most of its vitality.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 11, 2005
Haunting and ultimately profound.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 1, 2005
Because it doesn't have the heroic impact the filmmaker seems to have been looking for, she's forced to juggle, to diminishing returns. In the process, she raises more questions than she resolves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2005
A dry compendium of talking-head interviews interspersed with lackadaisical dramatizations of scenes from the novel.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
It is a mash note from first-time filmmaker Pola Rapaport to Aury, but its attempts to dramatize passages of the book are at odds with Aury's advice that Story of O was a piece of writing 'not meant to be spoken.'
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 5, 2005
Touching and sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2005
[Rapaport's] slim but informative documentary combines interviews, archival footage and elegantly lurid enactments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 4, 2005
The mystery of sex is dwarfed by the mystery of what French intellectuals are talking about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
May 4, 2005
Pola Rapaport, the director of this hybrid 'dramatic documentary,' is fortunate to have Aury around to relate this fascinating history.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 3, 2005
This most unfortunate film combines standard documentary techniques with maladroit dramatizations from the life of the author of Story of O.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
Disappoints in its workmanlike approach to such fragrant material.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 26, 2005
Had 'Writer of O' featured more of the engaging aged Dominique Aury and less pseudo-literary and -psychological speculation, it would have been on surer footing.
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Dennis Harvey
April 14, 2005
A so-so attempt to wring a personal documentary from a 10-year-old news story.
Jessica Bryce Young
Orlando Weekly
April 14, 2005
The interviews are marvelous. The luminous Aury is beautiful and charming at 90, and her matter-of factness blows away the mist of ideology that swirls around her 'little book.'
Mark R. Leeper
January 31, 2005
The information is now stale news and the style of the documentary seems intentionally dry.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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