'Side by Side' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    A meditation on the ways that art and technology flow into each other.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    For a film geek this movie is absolute heaven, a dream symposium in which directors, cinematographers, editors and a few actors gather to opine on the details of their craft.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    You can feel the future, even if some of what you feel is worrying.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    Although laid out with such clarity that any layperson could catch the gist of what's being discussed, Side by Side is not afraid to get nitty-gritty about more technical matters.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A surprisingly accessible documentary about an often very technical subject - the revolution surrounding Hollywood's rapid conversion from 35mm film to digital technologies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    75
    Side By Side works as well as it does by celebrating the filmmaking practice as a distinctive art form no matter what process it uses to make images into motion.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jordan Mintzer Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An engrossing and detailed crash course on the digital revolution.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    88
    Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    "Side by Side" is a handy overview of recent seismic changes occurring within the industry and unexpectedly essential viewing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    100
    Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Carty Flix Capacitor
    80
    Essential viewing for anyone interested in filmmaking or the unique sight of Keanu Reeves shooting the breeze with David Lynch.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    80
    Keanu Reeves proves a surprisingly engaging host for this documentary inquiry into the ongoing transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Catherine Bray Film4
    Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Miles Fielder The List
    60
    At once a celebration of new technology and a lamentation of a passing one, Side by Side is oddly depressing to watch.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    It asks questions about culture and technology, the creation of a new sensibility, and whether we're looking at the debasement of values or a new democracy coming to the arts.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tara Brady Irish Times
    60
    This is route-one stuff.No serious film enthusiast will, however, want to miss Side by Side.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    80
    It's sweet and sparkling, as glassfuls of thought are provided by James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and other champagne cinematic cerebra.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dave Calhoun Time Out
    60
    Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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