(2010)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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90
The New York Times
Ms. Danhier manages to conjure a glorious and grungy bygone past without fetishizing it as a golden age. A bunch of people got together and did some stuff, and this is what it looked like.
80
Names get checked, baby-faced future celebrities like Vincent Gallo and Steve Buscemi make cameos, and various cross-pollinations between below-14th Street mavericks are clarified.
75
Does a first-rate job of remembering.
75
Mainly Blank City shows a succession of engaging, intelligent, middle-aged people showing some very bad home movies that they once hoped were something more.
75
The real reason to see Blank City is to catch snatches of the now-decades-old films - priceless DIY numbers that capture all the wild energy, humor, and rage of, if not a more innocent time, then certainly a cooler one.
75
As Blank City proves, the all-night, every-night party was fun while it lasted.
70
Blank City may not be groundbreaking, but it's vibrant and well researched.
70
Los Angeles Times
The doc flags toward the end, but it remains an absorbing snapshot of a daring time.
60
Though the film concerns events contained within the roughly 50 square blocks of the East Village, it suffers from the narrative equivalent of urban sprawl.
60
Danhier backs all the memories with a collection of great clips, and it's extra fun to spot familiar faces (hi, Steve Buscemi!).

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