Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology
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Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology
With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain's vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time-the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy-while searching for her place in the world during a transformative time in her life. Employing a splendidly imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, plus several surprises, Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"She never figures out what, exactly, the deal is regarding our short attention spans, but her ADD-afflicted film definitely provides evidence that they exist."
‑ Matt Singer, Time Out New York
"Perhaps we're evolving into a race of Da Vincis. I think it's vastly more likely we'll continue to streamline methods for sharing cat videos."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A combo documentary, memoir, and probe of technology that offers a creative look at the brave new world of interdependence and collaboration."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This pro-Internet "declaration of interdependence" has all the narrative focus of a Twitter feed."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"The end product is brain food beautifully disguised as eye candy."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Ambitious but irritating documentary about the Global Village."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity."
‑ Paul Brunick, New York Times
"Shlain struggles to find the thread that connects her father, her upbringing and her own playful curiosity to the complexities of life in the age of texting, tweeting and apps for just about everything."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Tiffany Shlain's rangy, autobiographic treatise on technology and modern life has a soul, and bristles with a hunger and intellectual vigor lacking in many modern American films."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Tiffany Shlain's Connected suffers from its very pedestrian and redundant voiceover."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine