Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    The story of herself (Varda), a woman whose life has consisted of moving through the world with the tools of her trade, finding what is worth treasuring.
  2. Of all the movies I've seen in the past several years, this is one of the ones I love the most.
  3. A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.
  4. Feels delightfully organic, eccentrically rambling, the found artistic collage of a woman who herself loves to collect.
  5. 90
    It's a superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary.
  6. She (Varda) plucks images and stories from the world around her, finding beauty and nourishment in lives and activities the world prefers to ignore.
  7. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    Beautiful, absorbing, and touching, this film is a mind-expanding experience not to be missed.
  8. At once guileless and profound.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
  10. Varda sees herself as a gleaner as she searches for the people and cultural activities missed by the rest of the media.
  11. 80
    A delicacy for mature filmgoers who are able to derive as much pleasure from a perfectly, sympathetically crafted essay as from a well-spun yarn.
  12. There's a timelessness, an immanence to what she (Varda) shows us.
  13. 80
    It's both surreal -- and wholly accessible.
  14. 80
    Eccentric and thoroughly winning.
  15. Captivating new documentary, The Gleaners and I, is charged with the pleasure of discovery.
  16. Varda's subject matter is surprisingly rich, but it's her own energetic, curious nature that gives the film its snap.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's a humbling way of life, and one that, as Varda discovers in this wonderful, 80-minute essay, has survived in surprising ways.
  18. 70
    Something of an odd bird, a cross between a documentary, an art film and a personal reflection on aging.
  19. 70
    Varda, still pixieish in her early 70s, is having fun here.
  20. Varda injects her sprightly personality into the film, a seasoning that sometimes overwhelms the stew.

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