If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans
If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans (2009)

An artistic prodigy to end all, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans rose to fame in the 1990s, when the then-twentysomething began capturing iconic images of nightclub activity and culture time and again. His celebrity increased… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It's like choking down 72 minutes of a stranger's unedited home videos, only without the occasional cute kiddie or pet to lighten the tedium.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Heiko Kalmbachâ(TM)s video portrait of the German-born, London-based photographer frustrates because of the way it hovers between the esoteric and the quotidian.

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S. James Snyder
Time Out

The risk of such hands-off filmmaking is that the narrative itself can become mired in the mundane; there's little that happens here to shed light on the way this renowned shutterbug works or thinks.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A dull, meandering, lazy and poorly-edited documentary that fails to be captivating and insightful. [U]ltimately a missed opportunity.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

It does little to convince the unconverted of Tillmans's [genius].

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Tillmans outlines a fascinating, if partial, philosophy of his work.

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