It's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It flits from topic to topic, character to character, explaining almost nothing.
Michael Kinsley - New York Times
The movie is a clear-eyed and engrossing look at an important subject.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The pure process of teasing out a story and getting it into accurately reported shape is fascinating to watch and more collaborative than you would expect.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Will Page One lead American kids to that golden city behind the pay wall on their iPad? Not sure about that, but the movie is at least someone's answered prayer.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
This terrific tale of an establishment in transition ultimately plays like "All the President's Men," with the intrigue coming from inside the building.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
If you're reading this article, chances are you have at least a passing interest in the role and value of newspapers. You like original reporting and writing enough to pay for it, online or on newsprint. And you'd probably enjoy Page One.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It ignores the many other things the paper does well, such as foreign, financial, and national-affairs reporting, and Rossi misses the underbrush, the secret life and murmured music of the place.
David Denby - New Yorker
I enjoyed the film very much. It was a visceral pleasure to see a hard-boiled guy like David Carr at its center.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As an avid media watcher, I didn't come away from this with any new insights, but the movie is a pretty good snapshot of the daily newspaper business in transition and turmoil.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Page One centers around the Times' media desk, all these big, breaking stories - Iraq, WikiLeaks - come and go, offering drama and distraction, but little in the way of coherence and closure.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Page One is entertaining enough, but for a film concerned with the value of news, it offers little that's actually new.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The film is interesting and at times enlightening, but it's all over the map.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This efficiently assembled primer hardly counts as a revelatory dispatch from the old-vs.-new-media frontlines, but its ideas will engross anyone for whom the viability of traditional newsgathering remains a matter of pressing significance.
Justin Chang - Variety
Basically a carefully airbrushed and authorized portrait of the Gray Lady during 14 months when there was serious speculation about the paper's impending demise.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A fascinating study of a newspaper doing its best to not just survive but to continue to do so with excellence while the world tilts beneath the venerable broadsheet.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
In journalism parlance, we have a dozen or so sidebars crowding out a fabulous front-page feature.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
It's full of juicy, chewy nuggets for journalists, journalist-haters and news junkies.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Page One, Andrew Rossi's informative, timely, but never quite revelatory documentary about the financial struggles at the New York Times, has the almost-greatness of an opportunity missed.
Dana Stevens - Slate
A film promising to take us behind the scenes of the Times for a year should show us more of the rationale behind the paper's big choices instead of viewing them from the remove of reporters.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
For those of us who read - on smudgy paper or a battery-powered screen - Page One is a vital, indispensable hell-raiser.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
By treating the Times as a valuable relic rather than an adaptive organism, Rossi does his subject a disservice.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
Watching "Page One: Inside the New York Times" is like talking to a smart person with a severe case of attention deficit disorder: A lot of what they say is intriguing, but you wish they could stick to the point.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Page One is always about at least six subjects at once, firing like a scatter-gun and only occasionally hitting its targets.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Worth watching even if it fails to deal with the paper's troubled relationship to the power elite that effectively makes it our Pravda.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Seemed naively optimistic about newspapers, even when new. Now?
...a sporadically intriguing yet hopelessly unfocused documentary...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Although Rossi's style is a little unruly - flitting from story to story and desk to desk without any particular emphasis - it's a fascinating and privileged insight into an industry in turmoil
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
A consistently engaging documentary that's paced like a thriller and spiced up by a few colourful characters worthy of fiction.
Jon Frosch - France24
Filmmaker Andrew Rossi has cobbled together a largely well-balanced examination of America's 'paper of record' and produced a multilayered look into the precarious state of print journalism in today's social-media-driven world.
S. James Wegg - JWR
This is a thought-provoking film for those interested in journalism.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
In a culture where information is perceived to be free, we may be closer to learning the cost of losing the New York Times.
Nicola Balkind - The Skinny
Page One is a pretty even-handed film, asking hard questions about what the Internet and media aggregation does to the quality of news that we're getting.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
There's something troubling about Page One, but it's difficult to give it a name.
Michael Nordine - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Fascinating viewing not only for fully paid-up NYT subscribers but anyone with a fleeting interest in the past, present or future of the newspaper industry.
This is a thoughtful fly-on-the-wall documentary that anyone concerned with the future of democracy should see.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Morris, whose previous work includes the remarkable The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, does not hesitate to provoke.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
It's a bracing reminder that good writing and good journalism don't happen naturally; they have to be nurtured.
Timely and oddly inspiring.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
It's a complex, troubling story told with chastening intelligence...
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A wandering, unfocused approximation of a story in motion.
Henry Barnes - Little White Lies
A thought-provoking documentary that throws a spotlight on the beleagured newspaper trade and the values traditional journalism help sustain.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Frequently fascinating and consistently entertaining, this is a must-see for media junkies everywhere, thanks to an engaging cast of characters, some fortuitous timing on the part of the production and a series of topical, thought-provoking themes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
'Page One: Inside the New York Times' is sanguine about change. It describes it, captures it, but doesn't lament it.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Rossi gains unprecedented access. Crucially, we witness the workings of a newsroom: the skill required to generate stories, the jockeying between staffers, and so on.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Ironically, it lacks journalistic rigour but it's a fond, nostalgic look at the gilded history of the Grey Lady.
David Parkinson - Empire Magazine
Its undeniable star is raspy columnist and ex-crack addict David Carr, whose rigorous reporting upholds the paper's finest traditions.
Tom Dawson - Total Film
Perhaps surprisingly, [filmmaker] Rossi also manages to personalise much of the information so that it isn't just about a media giant but about the unique individuals who make it
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
There are enough glimpses of exciting newsroom developments and lead-chasing to excite my fellow media geeks. Still, where the women at?
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The doc is good enough to get the viewer to root for the New York Times to find a way to exist without becoming another newspaper casualty.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A documentary that acknowledges print or 'legacy' media's mistakes while mounting a credible defense of the indispensability of traditional quality newspapers...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A documentary should be like a well-designed newspaper front page; instead, "Page One" plays like the Twitter feed of somebody who's following way too many people.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
I can (and do) recommend the movie to anyone who wants to know how desperate it feels working for a newspaper in these economically uncertain times. But there's no real strong narrative line here...
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Compelling viewing -- not only for the issues it raises about the state of journalism, but because of the presence of the paper's media reporter David Carr.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This riveting documentary is paced beautifully condensing a year's worth of filming into a tight and somewhat cohesive running time of 89 minutes. This is mandatory viewing for anyone seeking to be a reporter or with career aspirations in journalism.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Page One: Inside the New York Times is a sometimes fascinating, unsettling, and informative look at a venerable institution that has to cope with a rapidly changing world.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Page One does raise some really important questions about how journalism will work in the years to come.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Rossi gives us an opportunistic fly's point-of-view from those journalistic walls of "all the news that's fit to print."
Tim Basham - Paste Magazine
An affectionate and rambling look at professionals trying to save a ship they believe is sinking, and the deck tilts every whichway. They don't know whether to jump or bail.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Jumbled or not, Page One: Inside The New York Times is a movie bound to appeal to anyone who cherishes his morning paper, or who obsessively watches news on TV or the Internet.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Although Rossi hits on a lot of interesting subjects over the course of 90 minutes, he pursues almost none of them to any depth or satisfaction.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Supplies a rich understanding of print journalism as it stands on a high-rise ledge, looking down while members of the online media implore it to jump for their entertainment.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Even if the movie fails to truly capture the inner workings of a newspaper and the amount of work required to print an issue every day, it's still a highly entertaining snapshot of a culture in the midst of a rapid transformation...
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Everything about Page One feels dated for a doc and downright ancient in the New Media age Rossi focuses on.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Carr's tongue-lashing of [Vice] is a treat, showing that the grand ol' institution can swipe away the scurrying little Tweeters.
Matthew Sorrento - IdentityTheory
Carr is a marvelous camera subject and the only newspaperman in the movie who provides a temperamental link to the old "Front Page" days.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Ultimately, Rossi accomplishes something meaningful: capturing the sense of a workplace during a time of great transition, and, simply by showing us the day-to-day grunt work of finding a story, argues for the future of an institution.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This film functions as a countdown timer to the doomsday when all the news that's fit to print becomes unfit for short attention spans.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
...this energetic and surprisingly dramatic documentary indulges in more than a little mythologizing...
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Never mind that the film essentially functions as a commercial for the Times' online pay wall.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Page One is most compelling as a moving-picture portrait of the prickly personalities at the media desk.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Nimble and up-to-the-minute, "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times" is entertaining even if you don't have built-in interest in the topic.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
In this documentary, media columnist David Carr practically becomes the face of The New York Times
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
For what it's worth, it's an accurate portrait.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's a bit insidery, yes, but isn't it a treat to be brought inside a hidden world by a movie?
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
In times of stormy prognostications all around the news industry, "Page One" is a reminder of what a newspaper can do, and hopefully will continue doing in the future.
Molly Eichel - Philadelphia Daily News
Riveting in its look at how to maintain old-school journalism principles when the bottom line doesn't always allow it.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A film that can sometimes feel oddly episodic and that is clearly telling a story that's still being written, but one that could start a number of interesting post-movie conversations.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Reveals little about the media revolution, and nothing about its effects on the Times.
David Bernstein - Boston Phoenix
As a study of the modern newspaper, this isn't much, but as a study of modern newspapermen, it's fascinating and revealing.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Page One isn't quite a NYT cover story, but its moments of intrigue and hilarious Dave Carr sequences are entertaining.
Jennifer Merin - About.com
Both a fitting tribute to a great journalistic enterprise and a warning about what would be lost if it--and others like it--ceased to exist.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Page One is an insider's view, but if it isn't raking up any muck, it's not a love letter either.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Even 30 years from now, though, Page One will remain a vital and fascinating portrait of the news and the people who make it.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
A dynamic, supple documentary, open to differing opinions and ideas without concluding anything.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The documentary is especially interesting to anyone concerned about journalism, communications and technology. And occasionally, it's especially frustrating, too.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Whether Rossi's cautious optimism about the future of a legendary but troubled journalistic institution is justifiable is a story yet to be written, but Page One assures us that if the paper goes down, it will go down swinging.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
a blithe and breezy look inside a normally fraught subject
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
If Rossi's done nothing else, he's turned charismatic veteran journalist and memoirist David Carr into a breakout star.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
All these angles and stories are fascinating -- and the year-in-the-life concept allows room for them -- but Page One has the distracted quality of a news junkie's Twitter feed.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
What starts out as an examination of the collapse of the American newspaper, as seen through a prism of the dwindling New York Times, ends up being a vanity piece on Times writer David Carr.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
No matter how drastically the news-delivery model changes, anyone who cares about journalism needs to care about newspapers; and anyone who cares about newspapers needs to see Page One: Inside the New York Times.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A sophisticated documentary that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by The New York Times as it struggles to survive in a new media environment of intense competition.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Rossi's own Times bias gives Page One a romantic, rather than journalistic, slant.
Armond White - New York Press
It's engrossing viewing in the moment.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
With newspapers going bankrupt country-wide, director Andrew Rossi offers an up-close view of the players, stories and struggles at America's paper of record, making a persuasive case for traditional newsgathering
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
But you don't really get that "inside" look that the title promises in its not-quite-cinema verite footage...Their awareness of the camera mitigates against unguarded moments.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Given that the Time's employees are both the focus and our rhetorical guides through this discussion, though we do hear from outsiders with varying sympathies, the movie can't help coming off like a defense for the value of old-school journalism.
Joseph Jon Lanthier - Slant Magazine
A lively, fly-on-the-wall look at the New York Times' media room including a discussion about the paper's possible demise.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Relevant and informative, Page One is a must-see documentary about the creation, operation, and consumption of news at a time of transformation and revolutionary change.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's about how print media has to change with the times. From editors and reporters at the Times to competitors and media analysts, the film presents all the important debates of the new media age.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
...feels like a hastily-assembled collage.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Ultimately, the otherwise likable 'Page One' only really fails in its attempt to say something.
Christopher Campbell - Cinematical