Review by Jeffrey Wells
The documentary “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” profiles The New Yorker’s iconic film critic. Director Rob Graver unearths rare archival footage of Kael and skillfully interweaves classic film clips with quotes from her spiky articles read by Sarah Jessica Parker. The film premieres at the DOC NYC festival, followed by a panel of critics discussing her legacy.
By Katey Rich
“Hey directors: next time you get a bad review, just remember, critics hated Citizen Kane when it first opened, too. That’s the lesson learned by David O. Russell, at least, in reading the work of Pauline Kael…Russell is far from the only filmmaker who’s been hugely influenced by Kael. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael documentary includes interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, Robert Towne, Francis Ford Coppola, and Alec Baldwin”
By Sam Adams
“What She Said comes at an important juncture, as Kael’s stock seems to have fallen in recent years, or at least her name is no longer spoken with the same reverence. But the live-wire crackle of her prose has not diminished with time, and her ability to break from the herd without (usually) descending into petty squabbling is sorely missed.”