100

San Francisco Chronicle

By John McMurtrie
Ambitious and brilliant.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Smart, funny, stimulating.
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100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Andersen makes humorous hay out of the stark home designs of Richard Neutra — only suitable, it seems, for drug dealers.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Gliding from the physical to the metaphysical, Andersen reveals how films like ''Chinatown'' effectively remade the reality of Los Angeles, replacing history with myth in a way that now anchors the city more than that history itself does.
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90

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Thom Andersen's idiosyncratic, three-hour masterpiece is both a dazzling work of film criticism and a fascinating piece of urban anthropology.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
So terrifically entertaining, it would be a shame if it didn't inspire a companion piece on New York.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A terrific cinematic essay that will have a very, very long shelf life.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
What Andersen does best is capture the sense of growing up and living among the landmarks of Hollywood's authentic back lot.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
The commentary alternates between witty insight and opinionated bunk, but it's always fun -- and a must-see for movie buffs.
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75

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Gives us a fresh way to think not only about movies but about the town in which so many of them are made, and in that regard it's kind of amazing.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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