Very much like a survey course for college freshmen, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism briskly covers a great deal of ground, and often engages with illuminating insights, but isn't designed to offer anything more than a cursory overview. The documentary -- which recently had its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, and will be shown next month at the Nashville Film Festival -- actually could wind up being a valuable teaching tool for educators in film studies programs (and, maybe, at journalism schools). Down the road, it might also attract receptive audiences in cable and PBS venues. Trouble is, writer-director Gerald Peary's once-over-lightly approach may disappoint the very people who'd be most inclined to view a documentary on this subject in the first place. You can read my Variety review here.
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