ESSENTIAL ESSAYS

‘Coming Out, Looking In, Summing Up’ by Dave Kehr, New York Times, May 28, 2010

“Cinema Purgatorio” by James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, July 2010

“SFIFF52—For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” by Michael Guillen, The Evening Class, April 23, 2009

“…the most prescient, fascinating and must-see selections in SFIFF52’s line-up…”

‘For the Love of Movies’ by Eugene Hernandez, indieWIRE, November 16, 2009

“Peary spent nearly a decade making “For the Love of Movies,” working with producer Amy Geller to examine the history and future of film criticism. The doc, popular on the festival circuit for months now, has just opened in movie theaters in San Francisco and Boston, with more dates to come.”

“For the Love of Movies: Valentine to Film Critics” by Anne Thomson, Variety, April 8, 2009

“…the film, which offers an excellent history of American film criticism, also serves as a valentine to a vanishing profession…”

“Love isn’t all you need” by David Bordwell, Observations on film art and Film Art, April 3, 2009

“…For the Love of Movies offers a concise, entertaining account of mass-market movie criticism, and I think a lot of universities would want to use it in film and journalism courses.”

ESSENTIAL REVIEWS

‘For the Love of Movies’ by Victoria Large, Not Coming to a Theater Near You, November 10, 2009

“With For the Love of Movies, Peary has wisely determined that the best defense of film criticism is, well, film criticism itself. In addition to archive footage and lively interviews, he includes voice-over readings of excerpts of film reviews past, lively passages that remind us that great critics have to be great writers, astute observers and thinkers who are skilled in expressing themselves.”

An insider looks at film criticism through the years” by Ty Burr, the Boston Globe, September 9, 2009

“…the movie’s a lively and important first step in assaying the worth of a field on the verge of extinction, as more and more professional reviewers are let go from struggling news organizations (nearly 60 in the past 3 1/2 years).”

“Love Letter” by Chris Faraone, the Boston Phoenix, September 3, 2009

“… Peary has no interest in fellating his contemporaries. Anticipated peer reviews raised the stakes for his passion project, but his larger challenge was to assemble a story that would entertain not just critics but those pedestrians who don’t know Cinéaste from bouillabaisse.”

“Those Were The Days” by Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

“For The Love of Movies…is finally here and it does the job nicely. Which is to say intelligently, competently, lovingly and, after a fashion, comprehensively.”

“For the Love of Movies” by Chale Nafus, P.O.V., January 1, 2010

Gerald Peary’s seminal cinematic exploration of the wealth of American film criticism provides a wonderful roadmap of where we have been and observes the many directions the whole endeavor is now moving.”

ESSENTIAL INTERVIEWS

‘Gerald Peary on the Rise and Fall of the Film Critic.’ by Susan Gerhard, SF360, November 14, 2009

For a century, film critics have separated the wheat from the chaff and made the case for great films. But who will make the case for them? Boston Phoenix film critic Gerald Peary takes the task for this dying breed of writer in his feature-length documentary.”

“Gerald Peary knows Criticism” by Aaron Graham, Uptown, November 12, 2009

“Peary recently spoke with Uptown from his home in Boston about what side of the fence he’s on, the future of film criticism in print, and what qualifies a critic to be, well, a film critic.

‘Movie Love’ by Robin Berghaus, BU Today, September 10, 2009

“Eight years in the making, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, produced with his wife, College of Communication lecturer Amy Geller, is a true labor of love…

“Film Reviewer turns Camera on Peers” by Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, September 3, 2009

“Gerald Peary has spent a lifetime watching movies. Now he’s made one – about people who watch movies.”

“For the Love of Movies: An Interview with Gerald Peary” by Chris Fujiwara, FIPRESCI Undercurrent, May 2009

“…Gerald Peary, a film critic for the Boston Phoenix, has also noticed a steady decline in the influence of film critics, especially in comparison with the 1960s and 1970s, when the New Yorker’s Pauline Kael and the Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris, among other writers, dominated a film culture that followed their opinions with keen interest.”

“For the Love of Movies’ Gerald Peary” by Alicia Van Couvering, Filmmaker, March 24, 2009

“Gerald Peary is not a cell phone person. He has witnessed a quarter century of films and criticism, from when Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris drew their lines in the critical sand to the currently expanding blogosphere. Gerald Peary is old school.”

“SXSW ‘09 Interview: “For the Love of Movies” Director & Film Critic Gerald Peary”

by Erik Childress, Efilmcritic.com, February 24, 2009

“I’d always always loved movies, and I always, from my teens, read criticism. But I was an English major undergraduate, and then a drama director in grad school. I started writing film criticism, for The Daily Cardinal at the University of Wisconsin, as an act of procrastination, so I wouldn’t have to write my Ph.D. dissertation.”

MORE IMPORTANT ESSAYS

‘Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions’ by Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood, December 9, 2009

“For a tragic celebration of the golden era of film criticism as practiced by the likes of Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris (pictured), check out critic/filmmaker Gerald Peary’s documentary For the Love of Movies: the Story of American Film Criticism.”

‘Everyone’s a Critic’ by Dresden Engle, “The Beat,” October 22, 2009

Boston Phoenix film writer Gerald Peary’s new documentary For the Love of Movies: The History of American Film Criticism – which he’ll present in person Friday, Dec. 11 – begins with a somewhat ominous observance for those who write or read about cinema: ‘Today, film criticism is a profession under siege. According to Variety, 28 reviewers have lost their jobs in the last several years.”

‘Cambridge reviewer Gerald Peary documents decline in ‘For the Love of Movies’ by Pat Tarantino, the Patriot Ledger, September 11, 2009

“Considering most of his commentators are better known by their bylines than by sight, viewers are offered a unique perspective into the motivations and character of critics when they are finally allowed to speak candidly about their own love for film.”

“For the Love of Movies,” Black Box Office, March 17, 2009

“…there’s some great stuff being said here from some really important critics! If you’re a serious (or developing) student of film, this documentary is required viewing.”

“SXSW Review: For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” by Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Freak, March 17, 2009

“They say you should write what you know and Gerald Peary does just that with his excellent documentary on the history and state of the current film criticism industry.”

“The film critic who recorded his industry’s swan song” by Geoffrey Macnab, guardian.co.uk, June 23, 2009

“An unlikely hit at the Edinburgh film festival could be this paean to US film criticism – just as the profession is stopped in its tracks.”

MORE IMPORTANT REVIEWS

‘Constructive criticism’ by Tim Miller, Cape Cod Times, November 28, 2009

“For the movie aficionado, the rare opportunity to see some of these giants discussing their work alone makes this film a treasure…

‘Old School Film Critic delivers Old School Doc’ by Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press, November 13, 2009

“…this succinct doc has the feel of an affectionate eulogy as Peary takes us back into the early history of the movie review with shout-outs to pioneers such as Frank E. Woods (who co-wrote Birth of a Nation with D.W. Griffith) and mid-century practitioners such as Manny Farber…”

‘VIFF Review: For the Love of Movies’ by William Lee, Cinemaverdict.com, October 17, 2009

“This is a documentary meant for viewers who appreciate the voice of critics. If you are such a person, keep a pen handy for jotting down suggested readings and viewings mentioned throughou

“‘Love of Movies’ shines through” by James Verniere, the Edge, September 9, 2009

“Learn the meaning of the scornful soubriquet “paulette.” Hear Elvis Mitchell talk about his youthful critical response to “Scream Blacula Scream” (1973). See Siskel and Ebert together (and young) again. It’s all in “For the Love of Movies.”

“Boston IFF: For The Love Of Movies” by Emma Rose Johnson, Blast Magazine, April 30, 2009

“…the subject matter…is so fascinating, I’d be happy to watch it again.”

“For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” by Jonathan Rosenbaum, JonathanRosenbaum.com, April 16, 2009

“…this movie is a lot of fun. And you should see it.”

MORE IMPORTANT INTERVIEWS

‘For the Love of Movies: Interview with director and critic Gerald Peary.’ by Joel Bocko, Boston Indie Movie Examiner, November 16, 2009

“When critic/filmmaker Gerald Peary set out to document the history of movie criticism, his subject’s story had a beginning. Now it seems that the story may have an ending too, and not a happy one. Or is it merely a rebirth?”

“For the Love of Movies’: Critics on Film” by G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, November 10, 2009

“…not only packed with interviews…it is also loaded with film clips; this is a real movie lover’s movie.”

‘For the Love of Movies’ by Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth: New Hampshire Public Radio, November 19, 2009 [radio]

“Film critics are in trouble. The century-old profession grew up alongside cinema, and the thoughtful reviews and theoretical writings from high-profile critics shaped how we understand the movies. But as journalism struggles financially and more reviewers are getting laid off or fired, critics wonder what’s to come of their profession. That’s where film critic Gerald Peary stepped in.”

INTERESTING SHORT TAKES

‘Film Criticism Doc is Informative, Entertaining’ by Paul Babins, Babin’s Film Diary, December 7, 2009

“That’s a lot of material to cover in 80 minutes, and it’s a tribute to Peary’s direction that the film is both informative and entertaining.”

‘For the Love of Movies’ by Greg Rickman, SF Weekly

“This rapidly paced, breezily entertaining look at a mutating field evokes nostalgia for a time when movies really seemed to matter while somehow avoiding despair about its future.”

“Film critics in documentary” by Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2009

“Is cinema more important than life?’  ” François Truffaut asked. Anyone tempted to answer “yes” will enjoy this documentary, directed by Boston Phoenix critic Gerald Peary.”

“Film: For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” by Chris Gore, China Shop, April 8, 2009

“For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism may finally provide critics the long overdue appreciation they deserve.”

“400 Screens, 400 Blows – Docs on the Rocks” by Jeffrey M. Anderson, Cinematical, October 10, 2009

“I just saw Gerald Peary’s new documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticis…and I thoroughly enjoyed it…”

“Documentary should impress critics” by Jennie Punter, Variety, March 13, 2009

“How do you make the perfect critic-proof movie?Fill it with movie critics.

Boston Phoenix critic and prof Gerald Peary’s long-awaited — at least by critics — doc “For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” will have its world preem at Austin’s SXSW.”

“Take 5 with: For the Love of Movies” by Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Festival, January 21, 2010

“Gerald Peary, a renowned film critic in Boston, began his love of film growing up in Jackson, Miss. Peary shares with us a little about his first film…”