The Gleaners & I


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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
  2. 90
    Beautiful, absorbing, and touching, this film is a mind-expanding experience not to be missed.
  3. 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.
  4. Of all the movies I've seen in the past several years, this is one of the ones I love the most.
  5. 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.
  6. Feels delightfully organic, eccentrically rambling, the found artistic collage of a woman who herself loves to collect.
    Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    It's a superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary.
  8. 80
    It's both surreal -- and wholly accessible.
  9. Captivating new documentary, The Gleaners and I, is charged with the pleasure of discovery.
  10. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    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.
  11. 70
    Varda, still pixieish in her early 70s, is having fun here.
  12. Varda injects her sprightly personality into the film, a seasoning that sometimes overwhelms the stew.
  13. There's a timelessness, an immanence to what she (Varda) shows us.
  14. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    At once guileless and profound.
  15. 70
    Something of an odd bird, a cross between a documentary, an art film and a personal reflection on aging.
  16. Varda's subject matter is surprisingly rich, but it's her own energetic, curious nature that gives the film its snap.
  17. Varda sees herself as a gleaner as she searches for the people and cultural activities missed by the rest of the media.
  18. She (Varda) plucks images and stories from the world around her, finding beauty and nourishment in lives and activities the world prefers to ignore.
  19. 70
    It's a humbling way of life, and one that, as Varda discovers in this wonderful, 80-minute essay, has survived in surprising ways.
  20. 80
    Eccentric and thoroughly winning.

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