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"Absolute Wilson" chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. More than a biography, the film becomes an exhilarating exploration of the transformative power of creativity itself - and the inspirational tale of a boy who grew up as a troubled and learning-disabled outsider in the American South only to become a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective to share with the world. The probing yet playful narrative reveals… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"It's difficult for the uninitiated to glean from this film a real sense of Wilson's oeuvre, or its influence on the zeitgeist."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"Impressive as is Wilson's output and oeuvre, it's the fully-engaged, aesthetically driven life that fascinates. And Otto-Bernstein's movie is a portrait of an artist at his most essential, in every sense."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"A good introduction to those unfamiliar with the artist, while it should also be pleasing to his fans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Offer insights into the director's methods and motivations."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Though it doesn't make Wilson's art any less obtuse, it certainly helps us connect to the man who created it."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Does a good basic job of recapitulating the highs and lows of a career filled with restless energy and an outsize drive to achieve."
‑ Peter Marks, Washington Post
"Wilson is the prime example of what happens when money is continually thrown at a voracious ego -- its creative universe keeps expanding until the money stops. One problem is that most of Wilson's works don't 'snapshot' very well as excerpts."
‑ Steven Mikulan, L.A. Weekly
"Yet Otto-Bernstein's clips, though well-chosen, never convey what seeing Wilson live is like...Her book is much more stimulating."
‑ Michael McDonagh, culturevulture.net
"What's the point of knowing what there is to know about a fellow when we get only sound bites of what he has done with his enormous talent?"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"... presents the general chronology of Wilson's life, which is certainly interesting ... but it's unclear whether the movie serves his work well..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"As a piece of entertainment, there's no getting around the fact that the film rises or falls on the degree to which the clips from Wilson's productions grab the viewer's attention and the ideas they embody arrest the mind."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary provides an excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One comes away from this documentary fully satisfied and yet wanting even more, a testament to the skill of the filmmakers and the utter fascination of their subject."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A stirring portrait of a theatrical sensation, one that should motivate artists of all stripes to break away, follow their bliss, and, most importantly, never take no for an answer."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Reel.com
"Though more celebratory than truly critical, and dealing more with the artist than the private eperson, being the first docu of one of the century's most innovative creators has both historical and aesthetic merits."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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