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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side. show more

  • 50
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Tracing the rise of digital movies via a wealth of charts, clips and candid testimonies, this Keanu Reeves-produced and narrated investigation offers a thorough analysis of what's very likely the most important cinematic development since the advent of sound. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Side by Side is an eye-opening, comprehensive look at the biggest technological revolution in Hollywood history. One huge irony is that digital formats are evolving so rapidly that the only foolproof way to archive and preserve a movie shot on video for future generations is . . . to transfer it to film. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The directors and distributors can't rely on us. They should be implored to watch their movies in the same theaters we do. It's the only way for them to understand that a crime is being committed. show more

  • 63
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    A serviceable primer on the digital-celluloid divide in commercial cinema, if a bit unwieldy in scope and in danger of being made obsolete by the next version of the RED camera. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

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

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    No side overwhelms the other in the back-and-forth; you feel more like a profoundly uncertain moment is being marked, with little concrete sense of the outcome beyond mankind's enduring hunger for moving pictures. show more

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