All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a bone-deep look at a photographer's fight against addiction and the institution responsible for her pain through her gritty lens.
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    Judy BermanTIME Magazine
    It is Goldin’s courage and determination that make her an effective activist, and her empathetic eye that makes her a great artist.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed lives up to its promise. It’s a brilliant, compelling, confronting examination of Goldin’s work through the years.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    A tremendous documentary, a striking piece of work that is so tender yet biting.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    What becomes clear from the film, which vividly details the cultural backdrop as well as Goldin’s work, is that fear has never been part of Goldin’s vocabulary, either creatively or personally.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The wonder is how the different aspects of the project — biography, elegy, contemporary journalism — dovetail so seamlessly.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Whatever one’s familiarity with this searing chronicler of lives on the margins, the film is riveting and essential.
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    Stephanie BunburyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    Poitras never shoots Goldin in a way that lionizes her or gives her the stature of a warrior queen... She puts her camera squarely in front of Goldin and shows her at work. In the process, she makes a stupendous work of her own.
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    Greg CarlsonVague Visages
    As profoundly and poignantly as any of the photographs the subject would go on to make.
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    Hector A. GonzalezLoud and Clear Reviews
    The Golden Lion-winning All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a ravishing documentary that has Laura Poitras delivering her most fascinating and emotional work.
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    Graeme TuckettStuff.co.nz
    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a ferocious and prismatic piece of work.
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