Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson
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Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson
When asked by the Edinburgh Film Festival to say a few short words about his late friend and colleague, the director Lindsay Anderson, Malcolm McDowell went a step further, crafting a warm, witty one-man monologue that ran for weeks in the UK. Director Mike Kaplan films McDowell's reminiscences and intercuts them with a wealth of archival, behind-the-scenes footage from such Anderson films as If, O Lucky Man and This Sporting Life. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Malcolm McDowell is thoroughly engaging in Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"McDowell's affectionate, mischievous impersonations and clips from Anderson's body of work make for an easy couple of hours."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Affectionate, mischievous and informative, it's a rewarding insight into one of Britain's largely forgotten celluloid heroes."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"For anyone interested in the life and work of Lindsay Anderson, however, and indeed the British New Wave more generally, Never Apologize is an illuminating piece of film."
‑ Steve Watson, Film4
"The film Never Apologize... doesn't sound like compelling viewing. But when the man on the stage is actor Malcolm McDowell and his subject is British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson, the viewing is entertaining and touching."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An uncinematic form, perhaps, but of absorbing interest to cinema-lovers."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"It's not great cinema, but it's never less than good fun; watch it in conjunction with Anderson's recently published diaries, and you'll get a sense of a unique, irreplaceable and finally very human talent."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"There's plenty of fascinating material here, yet many of the anecdotes fall flat."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"But the actor too earnestly prolongs readings from the director's diaries and letters, turning the experience into more of an undisciplined airing of bitchy candor."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"His account of Anderson's demise moves, but by then, this arch-raconteur's bluster may have sand-papered your patience."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Whether it can justify a bigger release remains to be seen, though it's gossipy and amusing, and McDowell incidentally shows no strain in carrying such a long solo stage piece."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]