Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson
Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson (2007)

A live documentary of Malcolm McDowell's celebration of Lindsay Anderson, their highs and lows, and their encounters with colleagues Alan Bates, Bette Davis, John Ford, John Gielgud, Lillian Gish, Laurence Olivier, Richard Harris and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Essentially a stage production of Malcolm Macdowell musing over his departed friend, and brit director Lindsey Anderson. Macdowell makes for an engaging raconteur, but only for Anderson fans.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Malcolm McDowell is thoroughly engaging in Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson.

Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

McDowell's affectionate, mischievous impersonations and clips from Anderson's body of work make for an easy couple of hours.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Affectionate, mischievous and informative, it's a rewarding insight into one of Britain's largely forgotten celluloid heroes.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The film Never Apologize... doesn't sound like compelling viewing. But when the man on the stage is actor Malcolm McDowell and his subject is British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson, the viewing is entertaining and touching.

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Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

An uncinematic form, perhaps, but of absorbing interest to cinema-lovers.

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Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's not great cinema, but it's never less than good fun; watch it in conjunction with Anderson's recently published diaries, and you'll get a sense of a unique, irreplaceable and finally very human talent.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

But the actor too earnestly prolongs readings from the director's diaries and letters, turning the experience into more of an undisciplined airing of bitchy candor.

Kevin Harley
Total Film

His account of Anderson's demise moves, but by then, this arch-raconteur's bluster may have sand-papered your patience.

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Peter Bradshaw

Whether it can justify a bigger release remains to be seen, though it's gossipy and amusing, and McDowell incidentally shows no strain in carrying such a long solo stage piece.

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