Viff 2019: Clifton Hill & What She Said [Capsule Reviews]

Pauline Kael was a great lover of cinema, a great critic, and a great writer. Her words elevated a picture and, as Rob Garver notes in his documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, reading her work was often like watching a film for the second time from a different perspective.

And so, it is rather unfortunate that such a great and talented artist doesn't get a better film about her life and work.

While it features interviews with friends, family and colleagues, as well as excerpts from her various works, the information the film provides does little to illuminate or provide any new insight into Kael and her work. The interviews are mostly flat and uninteresting with a few notable exceptions and then only because the interview subjects themselves are interesting
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