Evaluating Current and Classic Documentaries
By Jennifer Merin, About.com Guide
Aphabetized by title, these reviews will tell you what the documentary is about, and let you know whether it's worth watching.
Good documentary films shed light on important, meaningful subjects by presenting strong, well-defined, provocative, penetrating and understandable stories about them. Great documentary films do all of that--and are also aesthetically pleasing and, perhaps, innovative. You can watch great documentaries time and again, and learn something new with each viewing. Here are my recommendations.
- Must-See Films
- My Top Ten of 2007
- My Top Ten of 2008
- Documentaries That Inspire
- Great Documentaries For Kids
These are reviews of documentaries that are currently showing in theatres, on television or are available on DVD.
- Blessed Is The Match
- Crips And Bloods - Made In America
- Encounters At The End Of The World
- Every Little Step
- The Garden
- In A Dream
- My Neighbor My Killer
- Nursery University
- Man On wire
- Order of Myths
- Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
- Senator Obama In Africa
- Taxi To The Dark Side
- Trouble The Water
- Up The Yangtze
- Wink And A Smile
Whether they were your first choices or not, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected these documentary films--listed by decade--to receive golden statuettes. Each is an outstanding film about an important and timely subject. Anyone who claims to understand and appreciate the nonfiction genre should see and know them all.