Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2008)

Shine director Scott Hicks documents a year in the life of prolific composer Philip Glass in order to explore the work that goes into creating a symphony and offer a detailed overview of his subject's remarkable career. Glass may be a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Hicks structures Glass in 12 vignettes, each highlighting a different aspect of Glass' life, and some are more compelling than others.

Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

A stupefyingly dull portrait of a man who doesn't seem to be lying when he says, "I have so few secrets."

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Simon Foster

Hicks the fan never gets in the way of Hicks the documentarian - he paints Glass as a musical genius but also as the eccentric, fiery, temperamental artist he can be.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A hair's breadth from hagiography, Scott Hicks's Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme.

Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture

As haunting in its own way as one of Glass' own works.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Doesn't necessarily reveal the insight behind the composer's unique brand of music so much as display the working mode of a passionate artist.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

As fascinating as Glass often is, it's simultaneously too conventional and not conventional enough.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

An entertaining pic that will fascinate admirers but is wide-ranging and unpretentious enough to engage those intimidated by Glass' aesthetic.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Hicks avoids many of the pitfalls of artist portraits by grounding the musician firmly in every day reality.

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Walter M.
"Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts" is an illuminating documentary, perhaps too much so, of the life and career of the famed composer,… More
Robert Fearon
MIFF '08: To end the festival this year, I saw Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts - and how 'indie doco' do they want to make that… More