The Painter Sam Francis
The Painter Sam Francis (2009)

Artist Jeffrey Perkins directs this documentary about his dear friend Sam Francis, a pivotal figure in American abstract art. The film chronicles Francis' life from childhood to the peak years of his career, and features anecdotes and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 11, 2009
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Mike Hale
New York Times

A well-meaning mishmash that wouldn't pass muster as an episode of American Masters.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A sporadically fascinating, but often dull documentary that fails to be sufficiently illuminating, provocative and engaging.

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S. James Snyder
Time Out

It's a stirring snapshot of that strange space where the act of creating can be a religious experience.

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Chris Cabin

Perkins' film doesn't form as fluidly from its parts but it is, for the most part, far less interested in gazing at its subject as a tortured genius or a hero of the art world

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

The portrait of Francis doesn't articulate enough to explain the film's epic gestation period.

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