Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman
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Nearly two decades after her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Beirut: The Last Home Movie, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox delivered this intensely personal six-hour film. Jumping off from her own life experiences, Fox broadens her scope to all women, exploring topics ranging from career to motherhood to monogamy. Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman premiered at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It takes tremendous courage to expose one's life to the camera as Fox does here, and while she answers few of the universal (to women, anyway) questions she raises, at least she's asking them."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"As maddening and sometimes embarrassing as her approach is, it works."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Using her personal quest for a meaningful relationship and a family as an ongoing point of reference, Jennifer Fox delves into the complex subject of what women around the world want from their lives and loves."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"I'd mark how effective Flying is by the fact that I'm under no obligation to watch the rest of the series, but I'm eager to do so."
‑ Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times
"In the end this very personal journey becomes a valuable universal document from which we can all learn about the way women live today."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There are times when Fox's nervy endeavor to combine art and life obliges one to give way to the other, but her efforts and reflections throughout are riveting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"How would you like to be stuck in a dark room for hour upon hour listening to a neurotic middle-aged woman complain about her love life?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Goodby rebel lifestyle, free love and recreational hot sex, hello conventional midlife crisis."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Seinfeld on estrogen... if Seinfeld had dared to be about something..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Flying falls short of being an extraordinary film, but remains a dignified and absorbing chronicle."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Despite [director] Fox's excruciating level of self-involvement, she manages, more than once, to lay bare critical questions that are at once familiar and compelling."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Fox is breaking new ground in terms of personal documentary, turning a navel-gazing survey of her own midlife crisis into a globalized, collaboratively created exploration of 'this new female life'..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Over the six hours spent with Fox as she jets around the globe, a picture emerges, not only of a modern woman contemplating herself, but of Western society boasting of its freedom to a world struggling for mere survival."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"What keeps the film interesting, though, is not Fox's "torn between two lovers" shtick, but her encounters with various other women."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"A mosaic of experience and endeavor reconsidered as human (in this case, very much female) experiment."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
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