Great Directors
Great Directors (2010)

Ten of the world's great filmmakers discuss their art, their influences and their creative motivations in this documentary. In Great Directors, Angela Ismailos chats with a handful of talented and influential movie directors, among them… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 2, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Though her choice of interview subjects is so random and the discourse so broad that this 2009 documentary never really arrives anywhere... it delights from start to finish and then evaporates.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.

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Catherine Shoard

You'd learn more just watching one of their films.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The number of interviewees makes the film a signpost survey, more meaningful to film- study newbies than veterans.

Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

In the end, The Great Directors is neither a manual nor a toolkit, but a miscellany that needs to be a monograph.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Ismailos' 10 mini-profiles might have been better used as DVD extras or a cablecast introduction to an individual director's movie. It's not too late.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This is a meat-and-potatoes espionage yarn that passes by quickly enough and meets the requirement of making us try to guess: Who is Salt?

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

This is one of the best movies ever about film directors.

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Spencer S.
Gathering together directors from different milieus and merging their interviews into one film sounds great, but with ineffectual editing and not enough variety… More
Randy Tippy
No disrespect to Anela Ismailos, but how could anyone interview the likes of David Lynch and John Sayles and Catherine Breillat and not have an interesting… More
Walter M.
For the record, great is too loaded a word when it comes to labeling filmmakers and is prone to cause arguments and wars. Let's just agree that the… More