• Released
  • August 17, 2012
  • (Limited LA; Boston 8/23, Seattle 8/31, Chicago 9/15, SF 10/18)
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Documentary
Side by Side Synopsis
James Cameron, David Fincher and other filmmakers explore the impact of digital technology.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated NR