What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael

Directed by Rob Garver
Music Video Distributors, Inc.
98 Minutes
Biography, Documentary
Not Rated
play trailer
Watch Now with Streaming Subscription
Start your 14-day FREE TRIAL

The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark – fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. With over 40 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, WHAT SHE SAID is an unvarnished portrait of a pioneer who was both admired and resented for what she said about art in an era of great moviemaking.


  • Pauline Kael
  • Alec Baldwin
  • John Boorman
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Molly Haskell
  • Greil Marcus
  • Highest Rating
    "To see Rob Garver's affectionate documentary about Kael's career is to be once again swept away by the excitement of cinema as she experienced it."
    James Greenberg, The Wrap
  • Highest Rating
    "Garver's film is above all a celebration of the pleasure of intellectual and emotional response to art... and a picture of a style of thinking that might be seen as distinctively but non-stereotypically female."
    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    ""What She Said" pays fitting homage, not just to a great writer but to a vanished age."
    Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
  • Highest Rating
    "This is a richly compelling work, one that makes you yearn to watch more films and to understand why we need them."
    Ella Kemp, Little White Lies
  • Highest Rating
    "An exquisitely crafted documentary about the woman who was arguably the greatest movie critic who ever lived..."
    Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Awards & Recognition