What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, the film tells the story of Pauline's turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen.

Cast

  • Lili Anolik
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Carol Baum
  • Thomas Baum
  • John Boorman

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Quotes

    • Paul Schrader: We're not talking about film criticism, we're talking about Pauline Kael, and - in the end of the game - what Kael promoted wasn't film. It was her.
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Metacritic

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Jan 23, 2020

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is a wonderful visitation of the famed critic’s life. It’s also a great place to start if you know nothing about her.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat
80
Dec 1, 2019

Befitting the subject's personality and entertainment predilections, What She Said is adamantly engaging, full of lively, appreciative voices that, more than anything else, bring her enthusiasm and keen-mindedness back to life.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
80
Dec 1, 2019

Garver’s film is above all a celebration of the pleasure of intellectual and emotional response to art (“To be paid for thinking is a marvellous way to live,” Kael says), and a picture of a style of thinking that might be seen as distinctively but non-stereotypically female.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily