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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the process--she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time. -- (C) Music Box Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it."
‑ Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe
"Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's a shame that the people who really need to see Matthew Akers' transfixing debut documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, won't go near it."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"It demonstrates how cinema can actually make the artist seem present, offering an empathetic fellow consciousness that mirrors one's soul."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Beginning as an overview of her career, this fascinating doc closes in on the show and its many revealing encounters, asking us to consider face-to-face engagement as a way of dissolving the barriers between an artist and her public."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Briskly edited and brightly shot."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Like any good documentary, ""The Artist Is Present" gives insight into the life and work of a truly talented lady. Her works may not be for all tastes she but obviously has an audience if MoMA is any indication."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"If you have been looking for the natural meeting place of Jafar Panahi's document of life under house arrest This is Not a Film and Justin Bieber's popumentary Never Say Never, look no further."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Thanks largely to the engaging nature of its protagonist, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present stands up as one of the most diverting documentaries to hit the big screen this year."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"...for the 2 1/2 month run of the [MoMA] show, Marina would sit completely still in a chair as visitors cued up to sit across from her and look into her eyes. The effect is incredibly and unexpectedly moving."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An exhilarating, elegantly executed film that holds a mirror up to the art world, its protagonists and its devotees, forcing us to question the whole circus."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"Marina Abramović emerges from this arresting documentary as the Maria Callas of performance art."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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