"The Web and HTML have been a godsend for film criticism. The best single film criticism site is arguably davidbordwell.net, featuring the Good Doctor Bordwell and his wife Kristin Thompson. Their names are known from their textbooks, studied in every film school in the world. But they are not users of the obscurantist gobbledygook employed by academics who, frankly, cannot really write. They communicate in prose as clear as running water." (Roger Ebert Wall Street Journal
"Academic programs continue to churn out professors who continue to assign books by Bordwell and Thompson that open eyes, ears, and minds, and sometimes rock worlds."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times
(Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
"The husband-wife team of film critics and scholars teach at the University of Wisconsin, publish books, maintain an indispensable and routinely astonishing blog, and lecture regularly at film festivals around the world. . . . Between their books and their blog, Bordwell and Thompson publish more original, engrossing, often startling work in a year than most critics manage in a lifetime."
(Independent Film Channel)
"Since its launch in September 2006, 'Observations on Film Art' certainly stands as the most robust and active online home of any film-studies academic. Posting individual entries in roughly equal measure, Bordwell and Thompson have taken to the online world's characteristically more relaxed and informal mode of address. What makes their site an essential stop is that both are fine aesthetic observers as well as scholars, and they write the equivalent of full-fledged publishable essays, usually with plentiful and carefully placed frame enlargements. And the writing is anything but ephemeral."
"Minding Movies pulls off a difficult trick supremely well. . . . [Bordwell and Thompson] come up wtih striking, unexpected stances: blockbusters are good for the 'economic welfare of the country as a whole'; and sequels are to be celebrated. If this is what cinephiles are today calling contrarianism, then I'm all for it.—Sight and Sound
(Sight and Sound
"Happily, the past decade has seen the birth of a number of blogs about film that feature intelligent analysis, not just evaluation, but in a more accessible style than academic writing. David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's popular Observations on Film Art blog is one of them. A collection of updated posts from the blog, Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking
, looks more deeply into film than most journalists can even imagine these days. The fact that it does so in highly readable prose makes it all the more attractive."—New City
"Thompson's expertise on the business of Hollywood is manifest, as ever, but she also deftly combines the analytic with the personal, writing with passion on Daffy Duck, aesthetics and perceptual psychology. . . . The writing is easy and companionable, and yet is for the most part rigorous too. . . . It is evident from this book, but more importantly through their blog, that the authors are worthy contributors to this online project." —Times Higher Education Supplement
(Times Higher Education Supplement
"David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking arrives—not a moment too soon—as chicken soup for the weary cinephile soul, worn down by countless circular discussions, in print, on the Web, and on film festival panels, about the sustainability of serious film culture in the 'digital era.'"—Film Comment