Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. He rarely allowed himself to be interviewed, but Henri Cartier-Bresson, here nearing 100, comes off as a marvelous, spritely, and companionable figure.
  2. The documentary, which subscribes to the Great Man school of reverential portraiture, is not a biography but an interview (in French, simultaneously translated into English) conceived as a master class on art appreciation, with guest commentators augmenting Cartier-Bresson's own sparsely chosen words.
  3. 63
    Overall, it's like watching a home movie of a charming relative.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    63
    Pays high-toned tribute to its subject. How high-toned? Bach and Ravel play on the soundtrack as a honeyed light streams through the windows of Cartier-Bresson's Paris apartment.
  5. 60
    This is an ambling, relaxed talking-head docu in the grand European style.
  6. 58
    It isn't a biography of the legendary photographer, and it's not exactly an essay. Mostly, B├╝tler fills the screen with Cartier-Bresson's photographs while people explain their greatness.
  7. Deeply frustrating because of its brevity and its lack of solid information and historical context.
  8. The subtitle of this interview/documentary about the late, great French photojournalist should be "For Collectors Only." There is no theme, no point, no history, no illuminating insights - it's just Bresson talking about his individual photos and early sketches.
  9. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    50
    A viewer of the film misses any sense of what distinguishes a great Cartier-Bresson picture from a good one, never mind a bad one. And the photographer himself cannot have been happy with the short shrift the documentary gives to drawing, which occupied him through most of his last decades.
  10. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    50
    Such informality leads to numerous lulls, but when the photographer perks up the results are delightful.

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