Cunningham

critic Reviews

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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Dan CallahanTheWrap
    The movements of the dancers here are often startlingly expressive, with particular emphasis on sliding across the floor and sinuously unexpected torso gyrations, but there are times when shadows and camera movement obscure what we could be seeing.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    Kovgan does Cunningham a disservice by crowding his story and the power of his own creations with gratuitous whizbangery.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times
    [A] visual wonder that involves from start to finish.
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    Brian SeibertNew York Times
    An excellent introduction to a great body of work that can be hard to get a handle on.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Chris BarsantiSlant Magazine
    By amplifying Merce Cunningham's dances with sun-dappled backdrops and 3D gimmickry, the film deviates from their creator's principle in a way that almost seems to betray their original intent.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sarah WardScreen International
    Immersive and enthralling... steadfastly avoids becoming a standard birth-to-death tribute.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kevin L. LeeFilm Inquiry
    Sometimes you don't need a narrative in your documentary. Sometimes your silver bullet is so powerful that it speaks for itself. In the case of Cunningham, that silver bullet is the dance choreography.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Danielle BurgosScreen Slate
    A flawed but tangible document of a passed era.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Apollinaire ScherrFinancial Times
    The alternately delightful and harrowing Cunningham homes in on the most urgent period in Merce Cunningham's dance-making career, which spanned seven decades.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tomris LafflyVariety
    Here's a dance documentary that splendidly flaunts its artistic point of view, and fittingly so.
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