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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 25, 2012
    91
    The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 27, 2012
    80
    You don't need to be a fan of Wagner, or even opera, to find this a fascinating glimpse of a dauntingly complex human endeavor.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 21, 2012
    80
    The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 20, 2012
    50
    All it takes is the majestic E-flat that opens "Das Rheingold" to make you realize that, despite what Wagner's Dream insists on showing, "the machine" really isn't the point.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 16, 2012
    63
    The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 16, 2012
    80
    Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the documentary will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Awesome also describes this 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Smith
    Jul 24, 2012
    60
    To its credit, Wagner's Dream includes revealing footage of Promethean labors undertaken by cast and crew, misfires included.
  9. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 16, 2012
    90
    Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 17, 2012
    90
    It remains a rousing portrait of creative renewal and, specifically, the way in which - by attempting something daring and new in the face of an opera culture deeply invested in tradition - Lepage proves that classic art can survive and flourish in a marriage with modern technology and imagination.

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