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Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Tiffany Shlain

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About the Movie

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life...and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain's father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, CONNECTED explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity. – Paul Brunick, New York Times, Oct 13, 2011

Rotten: The film ultimately works best as a daughter's heartfelt tribute to an enormously devoted and emotionally generous parent. Unfortunately, that's just not enough to, well, connect us to the bigger picture. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 29, 2011

Fresh: A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed. – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 4, 2013

Rotten: Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Oct 11, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Relationships & Technology

This movie was very eye opening. It touched on how addicted to technology we are; which left me dumbfounded for a bit. What struck me most was the personal relationship between Tiffany and her father. I was expecting something very bare bones and I was very moved. This documentary was an assignment for a technology course I am taking, maybe one of the best assignments I have had.

A bunch of stock footage

Amazing that you can create a film made almost entirely with stock footage and just narrate over it. But they did.


I agree with the other reviewer who commented the movie is unwatchable. It is just hard to watch. Also, the preview is misleading. There is nothing about social media - so I felt rather tricked.

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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