Chicago-born singer-composer Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw, seeks personal and artistic validation in this affecting documentary.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 2016-06-09
It's a millennial twist on "American Idol," with the subjects and filmmaker each using technology to produce something new and astounding.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016-06-09
An inspiring, enjoyable - and utterly stage-managed - documentary from Israeli director Ido Haar.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2016-06-03
Just when you were about to give up on the Internet as a swamp full of trolls, bullies, and liars, along comes a documentary like Ido Haar's "Presenting Princess Shaw."
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2016-06-02
Shaw is a complex character and an underdog worth rooting for.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2016-06-02
And how much of the marionette-like tug you feel leading up to that pay-off will color how you view this exercise in big-screen D.I.Y. wish-granting.
David Fear, Rolling Stone, 2016-06-02
A hymn to self-reliance - although bolstered with a modest amount of plain old luck.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2016-06-01
Princess, as a singer, is the real deal, with a throaty resonance that at times recalls Nina Simone.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2016-05-27
It's a pretty involving piece of storytelling, and because Princess Shaw herself is such an immediately engaging, sympathetic, and inspiring figure.
Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com, 2016-05-27
With a unique narrative conceit and a highly root-worthy underdog at its center, the movie stands apart as a kind of feel-good, audio-visual experiment.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2016-05-26
We all know about the expanding musical universe made possible by YouTube, but rarely has its artistic potential been explored in a movie with the inspirational appeal of Ido Haar's new documentary, "Presenting Princess Shaw."
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2016-05-26
In this trolling-heavy era, "Presenting Princess Shaw" is a refreshingly positive ode to the power of the Internet to bring far-flung artists together and change lives in the process.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2016-05-26
This film barely brushes up against the many, many issues it raises, but those conversations can be had in the lobby, after the pleasure of watching an underappreciated artist finally get her due.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2016-05-25
Ido Haar's globe-straddling crowd-pleaser of a doc Presenting Princess Shaw showcases real footage of the key moments of the story it's telling. That's a joy and a thrill.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2016-05-25
Given the Disney-worthy trajectory her life takes over the course of Ido Haar's tight, 80-minute documentary, it's fitting that 39-year-old Samantha Montgomery picked "Princess" as her stage name.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2016-05-10
The emotional connection we develop with her as the movie unfolds pays off in the final 20 minutes, which is about as happy of an ending as anyone could imagine, except this one really happened. Sometimes, good things happen to good people.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2016-05-10
As he threads together live recordings of instruments with layers of guitarists, percussionists and many others, Kutiman's creativity becomes a fluid process.
Eric Kohn, indieWIRE, 2016-05-10
Marking a refreshing break from the usually depressing rise-and-fall trajectories of so many music-themed documentaries, Israeli director Ido Haar's Thru You Princess is a pure positivity.
Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-05-10