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  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2013
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Art doc's stylistic quirks detract slightly from a sometimes fascinating portrait.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    Ms. Wallach has fashioned a multifaceted, informative portrait conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    No longer silent but still the lesser talker between them, Ilya is marvelously fluent in spatial forms.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    Without being explicit, without being overtly angry, Kabakov's installations are a critique of the entire system, a critique leavened with irony, wit, and fantasy. It's powerful stuff. You go into Kabakov's labyrinths of associations and you don't come out.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Nov 11, 2013
    12
    The research that went into the film seems a largesse, but it's compromised at every turn by filmmaker Amei Wallach's sloppy, pedantic delivery.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    At times, it’s hard to imagine how a real, physical visit to a Kabakov exhibit could improve upon Wallach’s film, which plays like the world’s trippiest docent.
  7. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Nov 12, 2013
    60
    Kabakov’s life story reads like a Pasternak novel, from his hardscrabble upbringing in Stalinist Russia to his double life as a government-sanctioned “official” artist and an underground cultural revolutionary.

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