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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 23, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The making of the 1973 documentary An American Family is explored in the docudrama, with James Gandolfini as producer Craig Gilbert, who made a great impact on television with the filming of the family headed by Pat (Diane Lane) and Bill Loud (Tim Robbins).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 21, 2011
    100
    Even without the original source material, Cinema Verite offers provocative insight into how far we've become lost in the reality-TV wilderness in the past 40 years.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 15, 2011
    100
    They [the Loud family] are to the contrary enlarged, explained, their family loyalty honored, in a film that ends up packing an emotional punch that's as surprising as it is eloquent.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 15, 2011
    91
    This wonderful docudrama about its [An American Family] making, chronicles a loss of media innocence. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.92]
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Cinema Verite works in the same off-kilter way that HBO's "Grey Gardens" worked.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Apr 25, 2011
    63
    Looks notwithstanding, these TV and movie vets fashion thoughtful, flesh-and-blood individuals whose efforts at achieving happiness seem locked in a perpetual reach for self-awareness. Too bad they're nearly wasted in this hour and a half of paint-by-colors television.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 25, 2011
    60
    Cinema Verite is not a bad movie at all but its failing is an ironic one: it smooths out the messiness and non sequiturs of real life to fit its story into a neat feature-film arc.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Apr 21, 2011
    50
    Cinema Verite is smart and often moving, but unsatisfying overall.

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