Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jun 2, 2011
    90
    These interviews form the backbone of !W.A.R., and like the film, they're passionate, contentious, funny, sincere, politically attuned.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 16, 2011
    80
    In her vibrant !Women Art Revolution Hershman focuses on a number of the many women who created what has been called the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Jun 2, 2011
    80
    It took 42 years for filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson to make !Women Art Revolution. The film, about the emerging feminist movement, is comprehensive and vibrant.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jun 2, 2011
    80
    Moves briskly, unfolding as one lively sit-down after another with artists, scholars, and curators who established themselves at the height of second-wave feminism.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 2, 2011
    80
    Anyone seeking a dialectic, of course, can look elsewhere, but Hershman Leeson's film is a valuable resource on a movement whose issues remain relevant.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Aug 25, 2011
    75
    Fortunately, !Woman Art Revolution isn't a stuffy museum piece. It's an important documentary, sure, but it's also playful and engaging.
  7. Reviewed by: Sebastian Smee
    Jun 16, 2011
    75
    It's affecting, and the tone, which is polemical, is also rueful and realistic.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 17, 2011
    63
    These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 31, 2011
    60
    Thankfully, Lynn Hershman-Leeson's loosely organized doc offers a long-overdue primer on what these radical groundbreakers accomplished.
  10. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 3, 2011
    50
    While I have no argument with Leeson's political views, her presentation -- mostly a succession of talking heads -- is dry and uninspired. These women deserve better.
  11. Reviewed by: Lauren Wissot
    Jun 2, 2011
    38
    Unlike Pamela Tanner Boll's truly inquisitive "Who Does She Think She Is?", which delves deeply and personally into the lives of a handful of working artist moms, Hershman Leeson introduces us only superficially to her dozens of pioneering friends.

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