Gerhard Richter Painting

Renowned painter Gerhard Richter reveals both his fascinating creative process and his famously grumpy personality in this documentary. Richter's unique method includes using both modified squeegees and brushes to create his abstract masterpieces.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 92%
Critics' score: 92   Audience score: 76   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake. full review

Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides. full review

Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

"Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

A kind of residence with its subject rather than a report. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

The sight of Richter going back and forth between two related canvases recalls Roger Federer playing tennis with himself in slow, deliberative motion. full review

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

Nearly two hours of drab, dull-as-dishwater footage of the politely taciturn painter quietly going about his business... full review

Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

A documentary about the 80-year-old German artist putting paint on canvas that offers a look at the mighty mountain of creative achievement. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The works in question express a delicate balance between spontaneity and rigid formal control -- seeing Richter at work is a bit like watching a great trapeze artist. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Instead of trotting out people - friend and foe - to comment on the renowned German abstract painter, Belz allows Richter to tell his own story. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Each swipe covers the old painting and reveals a new composition. Watching this can be fascinating, even exciting. After all, it prompts a fundamental movie question: What happens next? full review

Rachel Saltz, New York Times

Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting. full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist as he prepares a series of abstract canvases. full review

Alissa Simon, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Available From: Sep 26, 2012
  • Queued by: 206 people
Directed By
Corinna Belz
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