Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 19, 2011
    100
    Here is a good and joyous man who leads a life that is perfect for him, and how many people do we meet like that? This movie made me happy every moment I was watching it.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 16, 2011
    95
    What Press comes up with in the end isn't just a portrait of individual eccentricity. Its larger subject is the way one man, just by being alive to what's around him, has created a vast, detailed anthropological record of how New Yorkers present, and feel, about themselves.
  3. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Mar 17, 2011
    90
    If the film suggests that there's something bittersweet about a life dedicated to a single pursuit cultivated with an almost religious fervor, it also stands in awe of its subject's seemingly inexhaustible, self-abnegating capacity to remain attuned to the expression of others.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 17, 2011
    83
    It's no insult to say that the fine documentary Bill Cunningham New York resembles one of those minor profiles found in The New Yorker's "Talk Of The Town" section: a slight, glancing, yet subtly wrought slice of New York life. And it seems likely that the exceedingly modest Cunningham would want it that way.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    He lived until recently in bohemian chaos in one of the "artist apartments" in Carnegie Hall, and cares nothing for money or vanity. That's real class.
  6. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    A documentary that'll make more than just fashionistas smile.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 23, 2011
    80
    As much as his admirers praise him, they also say they don't know much about him or his private life. Press opens a small window into that world.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    May 19, 2011
    80
    Near the end Press poses a couple of personal questions that pierce the old man's defenses in the most painful and revealing way, suggesting a much more complicated emotional wellspring for the work that consumes his life.
  9. Reviewed by: Nathan Heller
    Mar 19, 2011
    80
    The Bill Cunningham captured here is a puckish, eightysomething man with electric energy and a wish to devour all of New York through his camera lens.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Mar 14, 2011
    80
    This fascinating documentary about famed photographer Bill Cunningham features interviews with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, author Tom Wolfe and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
  11. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.
  12. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Mar 14, 2011
    80
    The documentary will resonate with New York Times' readers and fans of personal stories.
  13. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 22, 2011
    75
    Not surprisingly, it's a cinematic mash note, but apparently a deserved one.
  14. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Shows us a man who not only derives great pleasure from devoting himself to his job but also, in the process, has helped shaped the greatest city in the world.
  15. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Apr 7, 2011
    75
    Cunningham's work is about seeing and teaching us how to see, and that should be plenty for us.
  16. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 7, 2011
    75
    It's as much a portrait of a kind of artist as it is a document of a city's evolving sense of style.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 1, 2011
    75
    Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
  18. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 24, 2011
    70
    Front and center in all of this, though he clearly would rather not be, is Cunningham himself, a man of enormous good cheer who gets riled only when he fears his creative prerogatives are being infringed on.
  19. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Mar 15, 2011
    70
    No passion for fashion is required to enjoy this absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help.
  20. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 19, 2011
    67
    Provides no revelations and left this viewer, at least, puzzling over whether the picture Cunningham has allowed to develop of him is completely transparent or utterly impenetrable.
  21. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Mar 12, 2012
    60
    As Cunningham goes about his work chronicling changes in fashion and the city he loves, a portrait emerges of a man deserving of ever bit of the respect and esteem in which he's held. There's few sharp edges or dirt digging, but it's no less engaging for that.
  22. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 18, 2011
    60
    It's hard not to wonder if Press might have offered a similarly impactful portrait in a more concise manner.
  23. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 15, 2011
    60
    Anyone curious about the man behind the lens may find this doc, like its subject, frustratingly opaque and out of reach. Those interested in witnessing a true NYC eccentric document everyday-people city life one outfit at a time, however, will feel like this has been tailor-made.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
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  2. Jan 4, 2012
    10
    Bill Cunningham can