The Chair (2014) : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 6, 2014
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70

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  • Summary: Two first-time directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, work on the same script by Dan Schoffer in the documentary series from Project Greenlight's Chris Moore. Ticket sales and digital voting will determine the winner of the $250,0000 prize.
  • Genre(s): Reality, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Jake Perlman
    Aug 29, 2014
    91
    The show's best tension comes from the awesome/awful self-awareness that plagues the directors as they attempt to make a film while being very much filmed themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Even if you’ve never wondered how a movie comes about, The Chair makes the process feel almost cinematic.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 5, 2014
    80
    The competition element is an intriguing twist, but what makes The Chair so compelling, beyond the usual monetary and production crises you'd expect during a four-week shoot in wintry Pittsburgh on a $600,000 budget, is watching two distinct personalities shape the material in such thoroughly different ways.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 2, 2014
    70
    Once The Chair gets beyond producers bloviating, it’s a more interesting series about the two newbie directors.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Kevin Day
    Sep 8, 2014
    70
    This is strictly for lovers of the process.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 5, 2014
    70
    It's tough work that may help the viewer appreciate the miracle that occurs any time an indie movie actually makes sense, let alone transports audiences.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 3, 2014
    50
    The more we get to see each concept, the more interesting The Chair could become. But strap yourself in for long, detailed meetings, mostly populated by people wearing knit caps, about stuff that either will make no sense to you or that you don't care about.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 22, 2015
    7
    Easily the best reality television show on air. Insightful and engaging look at directing and the grueling process experienced by these firstEasily the best reality television show on air. Insightful and engaging look at directing and the grueling process experienced by these first time directors. Expand