Žižek! – 2005 American/Canadian documentary film directed by Astra Taylor.
A.O. Scott of the New York Times observed, “Ms. Taylor, clearly thrilled by her proximity to her hero, seems incapable of the analytical distance that would provide insight into either his ideas or the cultural phenomenon he represents. On the basis of this film, it is hard to know whether Mr. Zizek’s superstar status is merited, or to say what his cult says about the state of contemporary thought. Zizek! is entertaining without being especially illuminating.”
Eddie Cockrell of Variety called the film a “verbose profile” of Žižek containing “a lot of esoteric, eccentric theories, and little context within his globetrotting life.”
Sean Axmaker of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer graded the film B and said it “attempts to put Zizek’s philosophy into practical, accessible terms. Accessible, of course, being a relative term – key concepts are dropped through the film in snippets and sound bites that are gone before you’ve had a chance to really chew them over. You may not grasp his ideological philosophy, but you’ll have a good time making the attempt.”
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian rated the film three out of five stars, adding he thought it “doesn’t quite have the interest and focus of Sophie Fiennes’ recent Zizek documentary, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.
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