Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

Born in 1911, sculptor Louise Bourgeois has been a major figure in contemporary American art since the early '60s, having earned an international reputation for her abstract pieces that embrace the appetites of human sexuality and the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Helen Sumpter
Time Out

An investment that has paid off by producing an unexpectedly lyrical and poetic portrait.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Louise Bourgeois is absorbing, largely because of Bourgeois' striking art, prickly personality, and assured intensity.

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Catherine Bray
Film4

Marion Cajori makes a brave attempt to grapple with a subject who resists explanation; while she may not always succeed, the journey is frequently illuminating.

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Douglas Britt
Houston Chronicle

The film stands alone as a remarkable achievement, as intimate a portrayal of a living artist as one could ask for. And a likeable one at that.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

This uncommonly elegant and evocative portrait of Louise Bourgeois reveals much about the haunting and haunted master while leaving intact the thing you cannot explain.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

Despite Bourgeois's on-camera effusiveness, this film suffers a little from curtailing much background information; but fans of Bourgeois as a personality will find a lot to like here.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Remembrances by aides and relatives plus antique photos and close-ups of her work -- including her iconic giant spiders -- round out the loving film.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

The artist's festering recollections of her girlhood mesh with guided first-person tours of her sculptures, creating a privileged look into a psyche rendered solid.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

One sonorous waltz through an enchanted domain.

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