• Released
  • August 17, 2012
  • (Limited LA; Boston 8/23, Seattle 8/31, Chicago 9/15, SF 10/18)
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Documentary
100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a lesson in character to hear directors from David Lynch (digital believer) to Christopher Nolan (celluloid diehard) spout off.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Tracing the rise of digital movies via a wealth of charts, clips and candid testimonies, this Keanu Reeves-produced and narrated investigation offers a thorough analysis of what's very likely the most important cinematic development since the advent of sound.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see Side by Side.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The directors and distributors can't rely on us. They should be implored to watch their movies in the same theaters we do. It's the only way for them to understand that a crime is being committed.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Side by Side is an eye-opening, comprehensive look at the biggest technological revolution in Hollywood history. One huge irony is that digital formats are evolving so rapidly that the only foolproof way to archive and preserve a movie shot on video for future generations is . . . to transfer it to film.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
A serviceable primer on the digital-celluloid divide in commercial cinema, if a bit unwieldy in scope and in danger of being made obsolete by the next version of the RED camera.
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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