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  • Summary: La Maison de la Radio is a vibrant portrait of Radio France, that nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Directed by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have), a master of the documentary genre, La Maison shows the day-to-day of a beloved cultural institution, as radio hosts, producers andLa Maison de la Radio is a vibrant portrait of Radio France, that nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Directed by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have), a master of the documentary genre, La Maison shows the day-to-day of a beloved cultural institution, as radio hosts, producers and journalists produce a vast array of shows. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Sep 4, 2013
    90
    Two minor problems in the closing reels hold the film back from instant-classic status.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Sep 4, 2013
    80
    The film is a textured portrait of human beings and the jobs they do, offering scant commentary but much to chew on, not to mention plenty of laughs -- no small feat in a movie dedicated to something as dry sounding as “public radio.”
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    Philibert allows even those who’ve never heard a second of Radio France to experience what the network is like, on both sides of the speakers.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges.
  5. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 4, 2013
    42
    Aside from the Tour De France segments (the only scenes in the movie to be shot entirely handheld), La Maison lacks the warmth that’s characterized Philibert’s best work. Eventually, the film begins to resemble a cross between a radio station’s webcast and a security-camera feed.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    Given only hints of personalities and the thinnest strands of stories, we’re left with a hum of tinny snippets instead of anything that resembles the glorious noise of people putting on show after show after show.
  7. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Sep 4, 2013
    38
    Whether or not you consider this a banal topic, it's plain to see that the puttering documentary doesn't achieve magnificence.

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