Category: Press


WNYC’s Documentary of the Week

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.

— Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers

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The New Yorker

“In a 2011 magazine piece about the great and controversial Pauline Kael, who served as The New Yorkers film critic from 1968 until 1991, Nathan Heller described the propulsive, sometimes vexing singularity of her voice like this:”

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Huffington Post

“Quentin Tarantino Calls Pauline Kael The Kerouac Of Film Critics In Upcoming Documentary”

By Erin Whitney

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Indiewire, Project of the Day

“‘What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael’ Examines the Genius of One of the Most Celebrated Film Critics”

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Vanity Fair

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”

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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.”

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