Derrida (2002)

A portrait of the brilliant and controversial French thinker, Jacques Derrida, and the themes that haunt and inspire his work. The founder of a school of critical thinking that radically questions the nature of texts, the reader, and the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 23, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Derrida's intelligence and engaging personality make him an intriguing documentary subject.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I'm not sure you'll leave the movie understanding every nuance of 'deconstruction,' but you'll have a real sense of a sophisticated thinker.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you have any doubts about the film, just ask yourself how many other films have you seen about a renown modern philosopher.

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Vic Vogler
Denver Post

Exhibits a devotion to its subject that just might drive you to his books and make you wish for tea with the man who wrote them.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Dense and thoughtful and brimming with ideas that are too complex to be rapidly absorbed.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Along the way, we absorb bits and pieces of Derrida's ideas, but the total is insufficient for the newcomer to come away with any focused understanding of Derrida and only seems to fuel the dangerous cult of hero worship.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Derrida, with his mane of white hair, piercing gaze and pipe clenched between his teeth, may be the most watchable thinker since Rodin's.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Is it possible for a documentary to be utterly entranced by its subject and still show virtually no understanding of it?

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Jason Anderson

Derrida turns out to be an engaging, provocative and droll fellow before the cameras.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
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To say that Derrida has had a deep-seated, almost insidious impact on my life is no joke. He's always lurking in the back of my mind, a kind of undercover… More
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[font=Century Gothic]"Derrida" is a documentary about the noted philosopher and deconstructionist, Jacques Derrida. The film follows Derrida in his… More