Side by Side
Side by Side (2012)

Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."

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Josh Larsen

...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac).

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Side By Side is a riveting, under-the-hood distillation of 100 years of Hollywood experimentation, innovation and expensive bravery.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned.

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Alistair Harkness

Keanu Reeves proves a surprisingly engaging host for this documentary inquiry into the ongoing transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Side by Side explores the question of film's worth in an increasingly digital future. It all boils down to the simple fact that even if the format changes,… More
Liam Gadd
An insightful, thought-provoking and unbiased documentary on the debate between digital vs. film.
KJ Proulx
Insightful all the way through, "Side By Side" is a great documentary, filled with tons of well-known celebrities as they talk about their thoughts on… More
danny d
this is an excellent documentary. reeves does a great job as host, and the perspectives of some of the worlds best filmmakers was a delight to hear, even when… More
Sam Barnett
Keanu Reeves brings together a boatload of Hollywood's finest to discuss the physical and ideological issues facing cinema. It may try to force too much… More
Everett Johnson
I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of movies. I will watch all type of movies, I just love movies. "Side By Side" is a documentary about how filmmakers have… More