Harry Benson: Shoot First Reviews

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March 21, 2019
Even if you exit the film without a full appreciation of the man, you're likely to at least value his work.
November 1, 2018
Harry Benson: Shoot First is really at its best when it questions the moral aspects of its subject's work, wondering if Benson prioritizes his work at the expense of the humanity of others.
November 20, 2017
A raucous ode to the shutterbug raconteur embraces the glamour of his lifestyle, while keeping the man himself at arm's length.
August 21, 2017
What Shoot First conveys so well is that while those scenes are part of history.
June 27, 2017
With Jackie earning some serious Oscars buzz, you'll want to bone up on your First Lady trivia. Click on for a behind-the-scenes look at Jackie, and four of her fellow First Ladies, as you've never seen them before.
June 21, 2017
It's difficult to understate how inexhaustible Benson's body of work is and the filmmakers do their best as they present what appears to be a million images of Benson's work, all of which audiences will recognize.
February 6, 2017
By the film's conclusion, you can't not be in love with this man, and, of course, his pictures.
January 5, 2017
...fascinating documentary of Harry Benson, known for all his celebrity photographs, especially of The Beatles..told by Harry and others. Anecdote after anecdote accompanied by spectacular photographs.
January 2, 2017
You can't help but like the guy, who's at once full of braggadocio and self-deprecation.
December 18, 2016
Great Scot!
December 16, 2016
Benson's overall good manners and self-deprecating style have endeared him to most of his subjects, and almost every viewer.
December 16, 2016
The film shows a man who is empathetic toward those in his photos, but less forgiving with himself.
December 15, 2016
The only thing better than Harry Benson behind the camera is Harry Benson in front of it.
December 14, 2016
There's much more fawning at the photographer's rare access, a thing that gets redundant and never comes close to achieving the kind of intimacy Benson had with his subjects. But Benson proves fascinating regardless.
December 9, 2016
Considering its subject, this documentary is appropriately breezy and charismatic.
December 9, 2016
If ever there was a photographer's photographer, it is Harry Benson, and this doc does full justice to him and his mind-boggling longevity and body of work.
December 9, 2016
The filmmakers are themselves too celebrity besotted to comment in a meaningful way on how Benson's career balanced depictions of the rich and famous with in-the-trenches risk-taking.
December 8, 2016
The film, by Justin Bare and Matthew Miele, would be better if it spent less time gushing about how great Mr. Benson is and more time confronting some of the questions his approach raises.
December 8, 2016
"He can shoot fast and make art," a friend says, and "Harry Benson: Shoot First" makes that point again and again.
December 8, 2016
Overall, "Shoot First" is a breezy look at a professional whose work remains endearing, despite some highfalutin claims.
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