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Side by Side

31side-1346278018889-thumbstandard Keanu Reeves produced and narrates this engaging documentary about the history of digital cinema technology and its vast impact on the movie industry. Despite the digital takeover, many fans still embrace the unique qualities of celluloid film.
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Netflix Rating: 3.9
NYT Critics' Pick
“Side by Side," with Keanu Reeves, revels in the quickly changing technical side of filmmaking. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 95%
Critics' score: 95   Audience score: 87   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side." full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac). full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

An unapologetically serious, geek-friendly documentary, it talks pixels, grain, depth of field and other technical concerns with a variety of directors, cinematographers, special-effects wizards and more. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A surprisingly accessible documentary about an often very technical subject - the revolution surrounding Hollywood's rapid conversion from 35mm film to digital technologies. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Side by Side" is a kind of eulogy for celluloid, beginning with some of the most famous images committed to film: "A Trip to the Moon," "Citizen Kane," "The Wizard of Oz." full review

John Hartl, Seattle Times

For a film geek this movie is absolute heaven, a dream symposium in which directors, cinematographers, editors and a few actors gather to opine on the details of their craft. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball. full review

Scott Bowles, USA Today

Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

A meditation on the ways that art and technology flow into each other. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject. full review

Michelle Orange, Village Voice

You can feel the future, even if some of what you feel is worrying. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Side by Side" is a handy overview of recent seismic changes occurring within the industry and unexpectedly essential viewing. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here. full review

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

Although laid out with such clarity that any layperson could catch the gist of what's being discussed, Side by Side is not afraid to get nitty-gritty about more technical matters. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

An engrossing and detailed crash course on the digital revolution. full review

Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
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