Result is by turns moving, droll and charming, and niftily assembled, but not necessarily that profound.
Stream Of Time and the City
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
The New York Times by A.O. Scott
It is a deeply personal piece of art that never descends into the confessional or the therapeutic, and a work of social and literary criticism that never lectures or hectors, but rather, with melancholy, tenderness and wit, manages to sing.
Terence Davies revisits his youth to decidedly mixed effect.
Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum
The film is made up chiefly of found footage and therefore lacks the mise en scene of its predecessors, but it has the added benefit of Davies's voice-over narration, which, thanks to his training and experience as an actor, is enormously powerful.
Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan
Most of all, Davies proves himself to be a poet of the commonplace whose art is the exalting of the everyday. He may rail against "the British genius for creating the dismal," but his own work is anything but.
Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum
''Documentary'' is too impersonal a word and ''visual poem'' is too mushy a phrase to describe Of Time and the City, a short, beautiful, characteristically sublime memory piece by the great British auteur Terence Davies.
San Francisco Chronicle by Peter Hartlaub
The result is a warm and extremely thoughtful journey, with a deliberately bare-bones narrative.
A caustic, witty, regretful elegy for a place so transformed that it's virtually unrecognizable.