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  • Summary: Thomas Riedelsheimer's documentary about Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and his work.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The film would be more informative if it put Goldsworthy into the broader context of modernist art movements. It's visually ravishing from start to finish, though.
  2. 100
    In its own quiet, voluptuous way, Rivers and Tides, an unpretentiously brilliant documentary, uses the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to open up the hidden drama of the natural universe.
  3. Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    80
    Appropriately, Riedelsheimer shoots Goldsworthy's mini-megaliths with a landscape painter's eye; set to Fred Firth's modernist score, some images verge on Kubrick territory.
  5. Reviewed by: David Chute
    80
    Very few art documentaries are as deeply in tune with the spirit of their subjects, and the implications are enormous, since Goldsworthy is the rare contemporary art star whose work (what a radical notion) is actually about something.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan G. Artner
    75
    I know of no documentary on a contemporary artist that conveys so much about the artist's work so lyrically and directly.
  7. 60
    Doesn't add up to much more than a series of pretty pictures, and Goldsworthy's gnomic statements about the "energy" he perceives in "the plants and the land" are never fully explored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. ValarieB.
    Feb 21, 2006
    10
    Andy pours his soul into his work and often takes it to the very edge of its collapse. That
  2. EvanJ.
    Apr 22, 2003
    9
    Fantastic representation of an artist whos work is not that easy to understand on a deeper level, and even Goldsworthy seems to understand his work on no more than an instinctual level. The score by Frith is a subtle accompaniment that works well with the subject and towards the end links Goldsworthy back into his roots with a soft celtic tune over views of Scotland. Expand

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