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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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  1. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    If you love brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, you'll enjoy this opportunity to spend 80 minutes with her. Sure, we hear from some of her friends and get glimpses of her early years, but this doc spends most of its time with her: watching her prepare and perform her one-woman show, dealing with her diabetes and listening to her muse about life, aging and the impending. She's as funnyIf you love brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, you'll enjoy this opportunity to spend 80 minutes with her. Sure, we hear from some of her friends and get glimpses of her early years, but this doc spends most of its time with her: watching her prepare and perform her one-woman show, dealing with her diabetes and listening to her muse about life, aging and the impending. She's as funny and ferocious as ever, but this offers poignant glimpses into the fragile woman underneath. She also sings! (Stay all the way thru the credits, because she just can't stop.) Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    7
    As hilarious and brutally honest, just as the woman herself--a tribute not to be missed. You'll laugh, of course, but you'll also cry and see behind-the-scenes of Stritch's smile, voice and fruitful career.
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    10
    Elaine Stritch has been the actress entertainer of one's dreams for almost seven decades. This portrait is both a profile in courage and a great show. Funny, brassy, irreverent, she is the real deal. Lookout, Leroy, this is one feisty dame. If it comes anywhere near you, don't miss it.
  4. Feb 21, 2014
    7
    An un conventional documentary, as far as showbiz personalities go, in that this is more about its subject now rather than just presenting an A-Z on her life. The irrepressible Miss Stritch comes over with all her acerbic wit and directness in tact, whilst allowing us an insight into her insecurities and vulnerability. The late James Gandolfini pops up as a recent friend, and even moreAn un conventional documentary, as far as showbiz personalities go, in that this is more about its subject now rather than just presenting an A-Z on her life. The irrepressible Miss Stritch comes over with all her acerbic wit and directness in tact, whilst allowing us an insight into her insecurities and vulnerability. The late James Gandolfini pops up as a recent friend, and even more surprisingly Alec Baldwin serves as executive producer. He can certainly be proud to have contributed to what is an undeniably well made and loving tribute to a fascinating and legendary entertainer. Expand
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    Elaine Stritch’s strength, along with the film’s, comes from her honesty. She is herself, even when — maybe especially when — she knows she’s being watched.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    All this is interesting, or interesting enough, depending on how you feel about Elaine Stritch. If you're a particular fan, this documentary is a must-see. But for everyone else, a little of Elaine's personality goes a long way.