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  • Summary: This is Not a Ball is a documentary that follows the creative process of acclaimed Brazilian artist Vik Muniz in the months leading up to the 2014 World Cup as he plans and creates a major new artwork made of 10,000 soccer balls.
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Jun 7, 2014
    50
    The journey, an exploration of the passion for soccer that evolves into a history of the ball (a sort of film version of the anthropologist John Fox’s 2012 book, “The Ball”), is somewhat illuminating, often indulgent and never wholly satisfying.
  2. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jun 7, 2014
    50
    The film is certainly interesting, despite the fact that it's a glorified promotional video for Muniz's installations.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jun 12, 2014
    50
    Muniz uncovers a raft of intriguing people and stories, with subjects ranging from sports to astrophysics, gender politics, history and developmental psychology, but he never sits still with them long enough to ask any probing questions, and the film never arrives at any real point.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 11, 2014
    40
    There’s certainly an interesting documentary to be made about soccer, the world’s most popular sport by far, but This Is Not a Ball isn’t it.