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  • Summary: This six part original Sundance series pairs two "innovative leaders" (we call them "celebrities") each episode for an in-depth conversation. If you've ever wanted to see celebrity chef Mario Batali talking to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, now's your chance.
  • Genre(s): Talk & Interview, Documentary
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It's a novel idea: Remove the middleman and let artists interview themselves. [25 Nov 2005, p.96]
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    So this show is more than a tribute, though it is that.
  3. A classy, stimulating look at six true mavericks through the eyes of six people in various stages of iconoclastic development.
  4. Whether all, or indeed any, of the subjects here are actually "iconoclasts" is debatable -- "independent" is more like it -- but the title is meant to signal that this is something hipper and smarter and less conventionally angled than a Barbara Walters special and, at least on the basis of the two episodes available for review, it is.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Celebrities interviewing celebrities is a promising concept, in that it upsets the power balance of the typical suck-up interview. But the downside is that once people get past a certain level of fame, they seem to lose the internal monitor that reminds them that not everything they do and say is worth recording.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    [The first episode] is less an in-depth interview than a mutual admiration fest, plus a chance to watch two famous people playing golf.
  7. Reviewed by: Joey Rubin
    If only more time had been spent finding compatible pairs instead of piling adjectives into the show's cheesy publicity language. If only some time had been spent finding actual iconoclasts.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2