Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)



Critic Consensus: The filmmakers' motivations may be suspect, but this inside look at New York art legend Cindy Sherman -- and, by extension, the culture she inhabits -- is undeniably satisfying.

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Analyzing his relationship with the reclusive artist Cindy Sherman leads filmmaker Paul H-O (Hasegawa-Overacker) to confront his own identity in this personal and unexpectedly humorous documentary. Paul H-O became a fixture of the New York art scene in the 1990s with his public access show "GalleryBeat." Armed with a video camera, he attended art gallery openings, intriguing many with his candid, witty assessments of the work and winning fans in the process. Among the latter was Cindy Sherman, the press-shy art superstar, who invited Paul to her studio for a series of exclusive filmed interviews. In these sessions, he gains insight into her artistic process and a romantic relationship blossoms as they fall in love. Their initial bliss takes a turn when Paul gets caught up in the aura of Cindy's celebrity and he is subordinated to a role as Cindy's guest at the star-studded openings and dinners she regularly attends. Spanning over 15 years and with unprecedented access to the great artist, including interviews with a veritable who's who of the art and entertainment world, the film paints a vivid picture of the contemporary art scene and provides a witty, illuminating look at celebrity, anxiety, and art.

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Critic Reviews for Guest of Cindy Sherman

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

The film's restraint, along with its openness to many points of view, is not only admirable but makes for a more entertaining movie.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As soon as Guest of Cindy Sherman ended, I wanted to see it again for its high entertainment value and to determine better what I had just witnessed.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Remove the boldface names and there's no movie; that center does not hold.

March 30, 2009 | Full Review…

Guest of Cindy Sherman would be fun to watch on public access some late night. But as a big-screen attraction, it never measures up.

March 27, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and witty trip down art-world memory lane.

March 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's amazing that in an era of oversharing and reality TV, a doc consisting mostly of cable TV clips and personal reminiscences can be so resonant.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guest of Cindy Sherman

Mediocre documentary concerning local public access show host, Paul H-O and the unlikely relationship with artist Cindy Sherman. While Paul protests that he's not a trophy wife, the "talentless guy you would prefer to avoid" only proves he's no trophy of any kind. During his day of hosting the public access show Gallery Beat, Paul was critical of art losing its' meaning and evolving into an outlet for rich art addicts to get their fix on overrated, overpriced auction items. This would only prove art in the 90's sucked and only served to boost egos of dominating males in the industry. The very interesting bits were, of course, insight to Cindy Sherman and seeing the behind the scenes look at her own work, while Paul would reap the benefits of going from the D-list to the guest of an A-lister and losing sight of himself as the street critic armed with a camera and microphone. We would soon see Paul comparing the cost of new shoes (paid for by Cindy Sherman) with other A-listers. This is such pathetic self-loathing and seriously doubt anyone would feel bad for Paul after the inevitable break-up. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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Interesting documentary made by Paul H-O, a former host of a public access TV show that covered the New York art scene, who scored a rare interview with reclusive and enigmatic modern art legend Cindy Sherman, and ends up dating her for over 5 years. It ends up being not just a behind the scenes look at NY art culture at the end of the 20th century, but also of a non-famous man who becomes lost in the shadow of his legendary lover.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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