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  • Summary: Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner is an exploration of the life and work of Andre Gregory, groundbreaking director, actor, artist, and raconteur, filmed by prize-winning documentarian Cindy Kleine, his wife. Through her close-up lens, Cindy introduces us to this cultural icon and master storyteller, and tells the unusual story of a good marriage that thrives in collaboration, art, and humor, celebrating the great vitality of the later years in life. Expand
  • Director: Cindy Kleine
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Family, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 108 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 2, 2013
    An indelible, gripping documentary portrait.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Apr 4, 2013
    Like many neglected offspring, Gregory comes across as an eternal child himself, hooked on his capacity to enchant but rarely able to listen to anyone other than the actors over whom he has such power.
  3. Reviewed by:  Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Apr 5, 2013
    Perhaps the most valuable insight that the film provides about its subject is that he acts even as he directs.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jun 27, 2013
    Kleine could have used Gregory’s lifelong trajectory to tell a larger story of the international avant-garde theater scene. Instead there is overmuch fuss about his coterie of dear companions.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 2, 2013
    [It's] too bad Cindy Kleine, the documentary's producer-director-narrator — and Gregory's wife — didn't better organize this rangy survey of the eclectic actor, theater director, artist and raconteur.
  6. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Apr 3, 2013
    Viewers may find the narrative aimlessness here frustrating.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 4, 2013
    The last topic is the hook for audience members not related to Gregory or Kleine, but just as insight appears, back we go to Kleine's tediously selfreferential narration.

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