Cunningham

critic Reviews

, 88% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Cunningham may frustrate viewers hoping for a purer distillation of its subject's work, but it remains a solid tribute to a brilliant talent.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    Even decades since creation, Cunningham's choreography still stuns... Stripped away from convention and without explanation, it flies, but stuck inside tired modes of storytelling, it only stumbles.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    If Kovgan's sharp restagings in subway tunnels and spartan woods are inventive, so too is her handling of archive footage, her subject found in motion inset on screen alongside scribbled notes, as if alive inside a scrapbook.
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    Debra CraineTimes (UK)
    [A] delightful - if occasionally baffling - portrait of one of the most revolutionary creative artists of the 20th century.
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    David JenkinsLittle White Lies
    Worthwhile, even if the dance sequences are lost in the editing.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    The film is, I think, just as Cunningham would have wanted it: cerebral, highbrow and mildly frustrating, with nothing so conventional as talking heads or context.
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    I maintain as much of an appreciation for modern dance as I do for watching golf on TV. But this is a movie, and as such, anything can be, and in this case is, rendered cinematic.
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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    A hypnotic view of the fabled gay star dancer/teacher Merce Cunningham's choreography.
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    Edward PorterSunday Times (UK)
    The results are attractive and memorable, but - given that the film's account of Cunningham's career keeps stressing how innovative he was - you might hanker for a better idea of how his dances looked to their first theatre audiences.
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    Ella KempEmpire Magazine
    The revolutionary visuals find endless ways to honour the mind of an innovator - but simultaneously risk an overwhelm of aesthetic information, rather than a lucid insight into the anatomy of contemporary dance.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    A powerful exploration of the nature of creation, and how an artist should never aim for interpretation: it's the audience that interprets.
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