Kim's Video

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Kim's Video represents something of a missed opportunity, but this incredible story is gripping enough to overcome an uneven telling.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a fascinating story, but the movie is a mess.
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    Brent SimonAV Club
    A nonfiction work of swirling whimsy and rabbit-hole intrigue that eschews mere nostalgic appreciation in favor of a cockeyed hybrid approach that amuses and bemuses in equal measure.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    The gratifications and fascinations offered by “Kim’s Video” are inseparable from frustrations, but it may yet prove powerful if it inspires other filmmakers, historians, and critics to examine this terrain more thoroughly.
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    Carlos AguilarLos Angeles Times
    This caper-slash-personal essay is an admirable endeavor that honors, above all, a filmmaker’s fixation on a medium that makes him whole.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    “Kim’s Video” reaches so hard for quirky profundity that it falls on its face.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    Less a retail history than a shaggy dog story. One that actually appears to be true. Go in knowing that and you might get a kick out of it.
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    Emilie BlackCinema Crazed
    ...Kim’s Video can only be described as a frustrating documentary that is sorely focused on the wrong things for far too long of its run time.
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    Manuel BetancourtFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's so much here, but ultimately it's a mess and doesn't quite do justice to what I imagine Kim's Video and its legacy is supposed to have.
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    Kelly VanceEast Bay Express
    Redmon and Sabin’s doc claims the story of the Kim’s Video diaspora is an “overlap of art, crime and cinema.” It lives up to that description, in an amiably sloppy way.
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    Damon WiseDeadline Hollywood Daily
    A playful and intelligent film that teases one thing and delivers quite another.
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