All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

critic Reviews

, 96% 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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    Jordan HoffmanAV Club
    [A] profound film, but also a good deal of fun
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    The compassion expressed here, and the rich complexity of everything the movie takes in, make this Poitras’ best film.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    If Goldin and Poitras seem like an odd pairing, the tension that comes from their collaboration is what gives All the Beauty and the Bloodshed its vitality.
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    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    Poitras hasn’t embraced the usual journalistic norms in directing this documentary. She has a point of view, she has passion, she has politics, and there never was any danger of her both-siding this raw, emotionally ferocious story...
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It’s arguably two different movies (sometimes jarringly) interlaced. But it’s propulsive, incendiary film-making.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    A larger tapestry of standing up for marginalized communities (of which [Goldin] was a member) by combatting the power structures that seek to silence and dismiss.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a fusion of a revealing biography of photographer Nan Goldin and an impressive chronicle of her activism against pharmaceutical moguls, especially Purdue Pharma's Sackler family, whom she blames for the opioid crisis.
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    Glenn DunksThe Film Experience
    This is immaculate, impeccable filmmaking that deserves to be seen.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The convergence of art and activism is given a sense of vivid urgency in this fascinating documentary portrait.
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    Lex BriscusoSlashfilm
    An important film.
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