Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Enchanting documentary that also serves as an animated gallery of Goldsworthy’s uniquely ephemeral art.
  3. 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.
  4. Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind.
  5. Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
  6. 88
    Watching this movie is like daydreaming.
  7. 88
    Thoughtful and entertaining documentary.
  8. A beautiful, probing art documentary.
  9. Mesmerizing and curiously satisfying idyll that gradually, slyly maneuvers us into a whole new way of looking at the delicate relationship between man, art and Mother Nature.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Fred Frith's lovely and subdued score is a perfect accompaniment.
  11. Reviewed by: David Chute
    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.
  12. 80
    At times, Goldsworthy's philosophy edges into fuzzy New Age-isms, but with an ever-widening gulf separating humans from their environment, his work demonstrates the enlightening pleasures of reconnecting.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    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.
  14. As the film's images accumulate, the movie becomes a sustained and ultimately refreshing meditation on surrender to the idea of temporality.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan G. Artner
    I know of no documentary on a contemporary artist that conveys so much about the artist's work so lyrically and directly.
  16. Reviewed by: Christine Temin
    May bring Goldsworthy's art closer than anything else to ''permanence'' in any traditional sense.
  17. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Takes a beautifully lensed look at the work of Scottish "landscape sculptor" Andy Goldsworthy, whose unique creations -- composed of icicles, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. -- are often as not simply swept away by the next tide or wind gust.
  18. The film also inspires, if unconsciously, the viewer to rethink what exactly constitutes art.
  19. Reviewed by: Paul Richard
    The trouble with this art movie is that it's more a movie than it's art.
  20. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. ValarieB.
    Feb 21, 2006
    Andy pours his soul into his work and often takes it to the very edge of its collapse. That
  2. EvanJ.
    Apr 22, 2003
    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. Full Review »