Reviews are out for ‘Page One’ doc

by allthingsace

The New York Times has printed Bloomberg Editorial Advisor, Michael Kinsley’s review of “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” I’ll leave it to Kinsley’s amazing metaphor to indicate the nature of his review. Kinsley states:

Like a shopper at the supermarket without a shopping list, “Page One” careers around the aisles picking up this item and that one, ultimately coming home with three jars of peanut butter and no 2-percent milk.

What Kinsley means by this is that the documentary promises something it does not deliver. Mainly, the film gives this impression, in title, in its trailer, that it will shed some light on how the Times is dealing in the age of the internet. Kinsley writes, “But it does little to illuminate that struggle, preferring instead a constant parade of people telling the camera how dreadful it would be if The Times did not survive.”


Kinsley points out that the film falls short in other ways as well, specifically with respect to Judith Miller.

Soon it’s time for Judith Miller, the former reporter for The Times, who rejects criticism of her faulty reporting about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (is cut off as she is about to explain why).


What is the deal? Is director Andrew Rossi veering on the side of safety and ironically compromising his own opportunity for good journalism? Or is this just a lazy attempt at documentary film making?

Just for perspective, Rotton Tomatoes rated the film 79% with an audience rating of 90%. Perhaps, as Kinsley notes, the breathtaking Renzo Piano building makes up visually what the film lacks in content.

I am still going to see Page One when it comes out June 24.