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Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. Jul 17, 2013
    87!?! I guess you can't expect film critics to be good photography critics. This film should be renamed close encounters of the worst kind. The artist tips his hat to Edward Hopper and David Lynch yes yes, but noticeably Jeff Wall goes unmentioned, maybe because acknowledging this would be admitting that his techniques are as derivative as his content.

    After you look beyond the tired
    and the cheesy surrealist gambits all you will find here is a super-sized serving of poverty porn, processing and straight jacket-ing its underclass subjects into a romanticize catatonic state. The overlong film does succeed in proving that brief encounters are the best kind when it comes to these photos. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 7, 2013
    It is a rare thing to witness the creative process. But in the excellent new documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, filmmaker Ben Shapiro gives us fly-on-the-wall access over a 10-year period to an acclaimed artist as he envisions, designs and executes his surreal commentary on small-town American life in the form of an epic photo installation, "Beneath the Roses."
  2. Reviewed by: Sebastian Smee
    Nov 15, 2012
    Crewdson's work is distinctive, and this film does a great job helping us understand the specific nature of his vision.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 1, 2012
    These elisions give an odd feeling to a film so long in the making. Crewdson's work ultimately begins to seem less enigmatic than he is himself.