• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 23, 2011
  • Season #: 1

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 21, 2011
    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: Verne Gay
    Apr 20, 2011
    Not a dull or wasted moment, and Lane may have just turned in the one of the best performances of her career.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 15, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 15, 2011
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 15, 2011
    This wonderful docudrama about its [An American Family] making, chronicles a loss of media innocence. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.92]
  6. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Apr 21, 2011
    At the end, Cinema Verite shows how the Louds dealt with the notoriety after the series aired, and where they are now. Cinema Verite blurs the lines even more - but there's a perverse logic to that.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 25, 2011
    Additional time would have made Verite more convincing. At 90 minutes, it runs short, especially as the family copes with its newfound notoriety
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 21, 2011
    Cinema Verite's strength is in dramatizing the off-camera seductions and betrayals that led to the Louds being vilified in many quarters before the entire family went on The Dick Cavett Show to both tell their side of the story and confront filmmaker Craig Gilbert.

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