Gerhard Richter - Painting


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 28, 2012
    The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 14, 2012
    Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 15, 2012
    It is the achievement of Gerhard Richter Painting to shine a light on that hidden, private act as few other films have done.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 13, 2012
    You will see the man toiling and revising - killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity - and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Mar 13, 2012
    Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 15, 2012
    Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    May 3, 2012
    Delivers on the promise of its title. It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 12, 2012
    The man we meet is intelligent and good-humored. "They do what they want," he says with a shrug, indicating a set of just-completed canvases. "I planned something different."
  9. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Mar 15, 2012
    Gerhard Richter may not fling paint at the canvas, Jackson Pollock-style, but as Corinna Belz shows in her documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, he can be his own kind of action painter.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jul 28, 2012
    As a look behind the curtain at one of the contemporary art world's biggest names, 'Painting' succeeds as far providing a snapshot of who he is in the very immediate moment. For anyone looking for anything more about Richter, his craft or his insights, 'Painting' will prove to be a half-finished canvas.
  11. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 11, 2012
    The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 1, 2015
    Gerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as aGerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as a documentary. It gets interesting in a few spots but overall feels flat. See Jiro Dreams of Sushi as a positive example of a documentary about a man and his dedication to his work. Note that this review reflects on the film and not its subject. Full Review »