Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Synopsis
Performance artist Marina Abramovic prepares for a retrospective of her work at MoMa.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Rare is the profile that captures so much oddness with so little judgment. You owe yourself a chance to be challenged.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
We're given an intimate seat to this wildly democratic - and creepily messianic - spectacle.
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88

New York Post

The second half offers shot after shot of the people who sat opposite Abramovi - an unexpectedly enthralling record of reactions that range...
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
An elegantly observed, sleekly packaged look at an artist whose career-long balance of enigma and self-exposure culminated in a 2010...
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80

Empire

By Damon Wise
A little pretentious maybe, but then you've got to wonder at a woman who could sit motionless in a wooden chair, eight hours a day for...
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75

Boston Globe

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The oddest moment in this riveting documentary comes when Marina Abramovic, the performance artist, meets David Blaine, the illusionist.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Abramovic is a sensationally attractive narcissist and the filmmakers are clearly smitten with her, but the film goes a long way to...
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63

Slant Magazine

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As entertaining as the documentary is, it never really measures up to the fascination and sheer force of personality of its subject.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Matthew Akers' film is a personally revealing look at an artist most famous for maintaining stone-faced silence for three months.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This trip through the seminal performance artist's (often literal) body of work is sometimes too cozy, yet Abramovic might argue that...
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Best Documentary This Year

By murraycs
I watched this on HBO and didn't really know what I was watching the first 20 minutes, but if you hang in there, you are rewarded with great scenes at MOMA. there are screenings around the country...