Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 10, 2011
    Fantastical is what we get: Cameraman is filled with Cardiff's achingly beautiful work.
  2. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Jul 28, 2011
    In Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, we learn about the visionary filmmaker through his body of work and insightful interviews with such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas as well as Cardiff himself.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 23, 2011
    The movie clips are luscious, as you'd expect, and Cardiff's own "home movies," shot on various movie sets with a 16mm camera, catch the gods during downtime.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 13, 2011
    Legendary is an overworked adjective, but surely it applies to Jack Cardiff, the British cinematographer whose awe-inspiring resume includes some of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever shot, among them "The Red Shoes," "Black Narcissus" and "Stairway to Heaven."
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    May 12, 2011
    Director Craig McCall approaches Cardiff with something approaching awe, though his subject views his accomplishments with the good-natured humility befitting a proper English gentleman.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 2, 2011
    Craig McCall's affectionate "Life & Work" doesn't dig deep on the biographical side, and the lack of personal detail can be frustrating. Yet it suits its subject's gentlemanly reserve.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 12, 2011
    Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Lauren Bacall, Kim Hunter and the film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Powell's widow, among others, are fascinating, though we learn almost nothing about Cardiff's personal life.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 10, 2011
    Director Alan Parker (still living) nicely describes the tightrope teeter of Cardiff's hothouse imagery: "It's great art, and then it will be kitsch, and then it will be art again." Or is he summing up cinema itself?
  9. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 9, 2011
    Informative and insightful for films buffs without sacrificing accessibility to the casual fan, "Cameraman" is essential viewing for anyone interested in film history.
  10. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    May 9, 2011
    This is strictly talking heads fare, broken up with movie clips, stills and home movies; fortunately, Jack Cardiff's ephemera are better than yours.

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