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  • Summary: The life and career of director Steven Spielberg is the focus of Susan Lacy's documentary that includes behind-the-scene clips and interviews with the filmmaker himself, as well as friends and colleagues such as J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis FordThe life and career of director Steven Spielberg is the focus of Susan Lacy's documentary that includes behind-the-scene clips and interviews with the filmmaker himself, as well as friends and colleagues such as J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Kingsley, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Zemeckis. Expand
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin P. Sullivan
    Sep 29, 2017
    83
    The overall effect is a worthwhile appreciation of one of Hollywood's all-time greats. [6 Oct 2017, p.55]
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 9, 2017
    80
    Spielberg's unabashed honesty about his accomplishments, failures and frailties ties a bow on all of it.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 29, 2017
    80
    Terrifically entertaining and tremendously moving, yet also critical at times, biography. [2-15 Oct 2017, p.14]
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 12, 2017
    80
    It's the nearly 30 hours of interviews that Lacy conducted with her cheerfully self-reflective subject that give Spielberg its revelatory oomph and make it so memorable.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 6, 2017
    75
    Despite an onslaught of every relevant artistic and familial connection to the man in focus, “Spielberg” still feels like a respectful appreciation of a beloved figure more than an insightful study. There’s nothing wrong with that, but whenever such unprecedented access is given, it’s also OK to ask for more.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    Oct 9, 2017
    70
    It’s a testimony to Spielberg’s career that a two-and-a-half-hour documentary on his life and work could both feel too long in some places and yet oddly inadequate in others.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 5, 2017
    50
    The slavish adoration of Spielberg is something else--and a surprise, given the rigor with which HBO has generally conducted its documentary programming. ... Spielberg can be a feast for the eyes, even when the clips come from less-than-classic Spielberg films (“War Horse,” to name just one). The subject was as open as he needed to be during the reported 30 hours of interviews he gave Ms. Lacy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 15, 2017
    9
    Spielberg is an incredibly well-done and inspiring documentary about the life and work of Steven Spielberg. It is narrated by Spielberg andSpielberg is an incredibly well-done and inspiring documentary about the life and work of Steven Spielberg. It is narrated by Spielberg and his family and colleagues, and the result is a very emotional, personal story about an epic career. I was riveted the whole time I watched the documentary, and I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to know about the world of film making. The documentary is definitely a legacy story, so there will be some bias in favor of Spielberg, but ultimately this one is an enjoyable watch. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2017
    7
    For films lovers is mandatory, obviously if you're into knowing about the creators, beyond that, there isn't quite much. I mean it was prettyFor films lovers is mandatory, obviously if you're into knowing about the creators, beyond that, there isn't quite much. I mean it was pretty good but not as insightful as I thought it would be. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2017
    7
    A very good documentary, done with the narration and collaboration of Spielberg. So, in a way, approved by him. At some places a veryA very good documentary, done with the narration and collaboration of Spielberg. So, in a way, approved by him. At some places a very emotional story told trough his movies. You get a good retrospective of his work...but not so much on his failures. But they are still there and told, just not in great details (acceptable in my view). The film feels a bit long after an hour 30 minutes, but then his amount of works is so large that it's hard not to talk about a bit of everything. If you are a fan, it totally worth. If not you will begin to know the man and his career...and the immense scope and impact he had in cinema. I give this a 75%. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2018
    5
    Mediocre documentary about a mediocre director. Sure, he's made a lot of big money movies. But compared to other directors of hisMediocre documentary about a mediocre director. Sure, he's made a lot of big money movies. But compared to other directors of his generation, say Altman, Scorcese, early Coppola and De Palma he's nothing but a peddlar of banal tropes. Usually to the blaring brass of John Williams. An apologist for American exceptionalism with the mental sophistication of a ten year old. Expand