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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Befuddling. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film penetrates the myth and mythos surrounding Wilson, making his works more accessible and open to those of us who sometimes puzzle over the methods and meanings in his cerebral, psychologically complex expressionism. The film should engender an art house following in sophisticated urban venues before its HBO broadcast. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Not only does this film offer a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating and underexplored leader of the American avant-garde in the late 20th Century, it ends up making some compelling connections between his works and the rich, occasionally self-destructive trajectory of the life that forged them. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The result is a rather conventional, Biography Channel-style portrait of a man who helped change the face of theater in the last quarter of the 20th century. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Absolute Wilson may not be original, but Wilson absolutely is. And for the glimmers of that originality that shine through here, the film is worth watching. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Surprisingly square portrait of avant-garde artist and director Robert Wilson. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Katharina Otto-Bernstein's oral history of Wilson's life and work, narrated by Wilson, with a handful of sycophants joining in on the choruses, is monstrously one-sided. It does, however, offer insights into the director's methods and motivations. show more

  • 100
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    An excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    The real value of this film is its treasure trove of archival footage, rare clips that document this genius of an artist as a young man. show more

  • 80
    Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times

    Impressive as is Wilson's output and oeuvre, it's the fully-engaged, aesthetically driven life that fascinates. And Otto-Bernstein's movie is a portrait of an artist at his most essential, in every sense. show more

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