Cinema Verite

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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 23, 2011
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74

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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
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  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: Tim Goodman
    Apr 15, 2011
    100
    In Cinema Verite, 90 minutes might not do justice to the historical impact of An American Family. But it makes you wish there were 90 more minutes to the story, which is saying something.
  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: Hank Stuever
    Apr 25, 2011
    60
    An intriguing but often clumsy new movie about the making of the TV show.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 21, 2011
    50
    Cinema Verite harbors some merit, and is worth seeing if only for Lane. That said, it's a disappointingly shallow treatment considering the wealth of potential within the premise and period.

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