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  • Summary: This fictionalized documentary explores the tricky intimacy between psychoanalysts and their patients. Empathy interweaves a fictional narrative, documentary interviews, screen tests and a parodied TV documentary of the analyst's favorite piece of furniture -- the Eames Chair.
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  1. 80
    Somehow, all of these scattered pieces of film and video fit together, as do the ideas they represent.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    Helmer-poet Amie Siegel delivers a provocative, confident film.
  3. 80
    Meta-documentary to the end, Empathy takes its leave by pretending to spy on one patient with his ear to the closed door, eavesdropping on another patient. How did watching the movie make me feel? Interested, amused, and um, empathetic.
  4. The director's seriousness and intelligence are evident, but so is her satisfaction in displaying them, and the movie has a self-indulgent, undisciplined tone that nearly obscures its provocative ideas.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Often fascinating.
  6. I don't mean to demean it; it's smart, inventive and well-crafted. But as a feature film, it's a novelty item at best.
  7. 50
    Despite its entertaining and insightful dialogue, can also be a bore.

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