The Woodmans
The Woodmans (2011)

Francesca Woodman's haunting B&W images, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of artists Betty and Charles Woodman (she a ceramicist and he a painter/… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 19, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This intimate film is a fascinating glimpse into the emotions and art of a New York family whose bright star committed suicide 30 years ago at age 22.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Willis provides no easy answers and points no fingers, but the search proves fascinating.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

By the time it ends, however, it has applied enough fine brush strokes to create a subtle and vaguely disturbing portrait of a dysfunctional family of artists.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's impossible to listen to Francesca's parents, deadly serious about art as a higher calling, without feeling both saddened and disturbed.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Woodman's black-and-white photographs, many of them self-portraits, convey a haunting sense of isolation; of something forever lost from the empty, almost decaying rooms in which she drapes herself.

Armond White
New York Press

Willis' careful balancing act between portraying a unique family unit and the peculiarities of genius winds up making The Woodmans disturbing in an unexpected way.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The Woodmans tells the compelling, if slightly disturbing, story of a family coming to grips with love, ego, resentment and loss.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Willis works to turn The Woodmans into an existential mystery, through a soundtrack full of moody vibes, interviews shot in tight close-ups, and the floating words from Francesca's diaries that Willis inserts as a kind of answer from beyond the grave.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

The Woodmans isn't out to demonize Francesca's upbringing or to play the blame game for her untimely death.

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There are two ways this documentary could have functioned well enough to actually be intriguing: A) Make it solely about Betty and George Woodman, husband… More