Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe

"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.

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Glenn Dunks

It's a shame that the people who really need to see Matthew Akers' transfixing debut documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, won't go near it.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Briskly edited and brightly shot.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Like any good documentary, ""The Artist Is Present" gives insight into the life and work of a truly talented lady. Her works may not be for all tastes she but obviously has an audience if MoMA is any indication.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...for the 2 1/2 month run of the [MoMA] show, Marina would sit completely still in a chair as visitors cued up to sit across from her and look into her eyes. The effect is incredibly and unexpectedly moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A fascinating and surprisingly moving documentary that not only offers us an insight into the work of an artist of great charisma and magnetic presence but also… More
Walter M.
As humans, we have a tendency to laugh at things we do not understand. Top of that list is performance art. So, it is a good thing that the documentary… More