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April 14, 2017
A life behind the lens is examined in "Cameraperson," a fascinating, purposely disjointed documentary from director Kirsten Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 27, 2017
Kirsten Johnson has created a resonant and revealing kaleidoscope of her life behind the camera on films from Bosnian war documentaries to the Edward Snowden film Citizenfour and even a portrait of the philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2017
Cameraperson is an absorbing, challenging creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2017
A thoughtful examination of the role of the documentary-maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 6, 2017
Put briefly, [Johnson] earns her juxtapositions of wildflowers and barbed wire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2017
"Cameraperson" shows us the power of image as a tool of recording life, but also finds reasons that even in the worst situations, it's still worth living.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2016
Cameraperson draws our attention not just to what we're seeing, but to how we're seeing it. It encourages us to wonder how a camera operator negotiates personal space in tense, intimate, emotionally fraught situations.
December 28, 2016
Though much of the material in Cameraperson is old, Johnson has undeniably created something new.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 16, 2016
Cameraperson is not merely a grab bag of images. It pulls double duty as a theoretical essay on the cinematic apparatus itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 15, 2016
Cameraperson summons us to really think about a world that is more connected than we may realize.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2016
Personal footage of Johnson's family and friends, woven into the documentary scenes, enhances the sense that any life is a series of amazements.
October 13, 2016
"Cameraperson" testifies to a world in which it would be clear to see that we're all connected, if only we took the time to look at one another with reverence and simply listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 28, 2016
"Cameraperson" is a documentary unlike any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2016
Enigmatic yet revelatory ...
September 15, 2016
Throughout there is an awareness of a distinct sensibility behind the camera: humane, engaged, unfailingly curious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2016
The linkages between these mostly brief snippets is somewhat haphazard, but, given the waywardness of her travels, that's appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 9, 2016
One of the most original, challenging and sometimes infuriating documentaries of recent times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 9, 2016
The movie is an extraordinary self-portrait and an existential statement: I shoot, therefore I am.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
A unique and affecting memoir.
September 7, 2016
Cameraperson offers enough singular, rarely seen moments to compensate for the overall messiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 6, 2016
Personal footage interacts intriguingly with reportage here, sometimes making it more than the greatest-hits montage it initially seems.
September 5, 2016
Somewhat less than the sum of its parts, yet those parts are, in themselves, transfixing.
August 2, 2016
Confidently made, with a roaming spirit that make it one of the most engaging films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2016
"Cameraperson" makes a strong argument to assert the person behind the camera - who they are, how they live, and how they interact with others as a crucial focal point in the process of filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: A
January 26, 2016
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson delivers a uniquely insightful memoir-cum-critical-treatise on the nature and ethics of her craft.
January 26, 2016
It is a remarkable document about the creative process in the service of a specific goal. It may even tap into a richer vein: what it's like to live on planet Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5