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Finding Vivian Maier

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John Maloof & Charlie Siskel

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Plot Summary

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 91
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is an amazing tale, and Maloof has labored mightily to flesh it out. He's almost as odd as Maier was. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Apr 17, 2014

Fresh: A film that leaves a large part of its subject's mystery gratifyingly intact. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Apr 24, 2014

Fresh: Finding Vivian Maier is a find in more ways than one. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr 11, 2014

Fresh: Every time one of her photos flashes on the screen, the woman's genius is undeniable. – Tom Long, Detroit News, May 2, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Fascinating look into the strange and sad life of an extraordinary artist who time nearly forgot. Makes you wonder how many Vivian Maier's are out there unclaimed by their generation, and how many great works go unseen and untouched.

A Profound Discovery

Finding Vivian Maier is a must see for anyone who loves art, mystery, Americana or stories of eccentric personalities. While it does take a somewhat dark turn, the story of this incredible woman's life is strangely inspiring. Hats off to John Maloof for his dedication to telling this story and preserving Maier's art.

Meant to be

Somethings are meant to be. Thank goodness fate chose John Maloof to find Vivian Maier. Such extraordinary curiosity and sensitivity to what he discovered allowed Vivian Maier to live on through her work. Without John Maloof there would be no Vivian Maier. You could argue she would not be happy about it but I doubt it. It seems there perfect outcome. She lived the life she wanted without the restraints of fame. Yet her work survives. All is not lost thanks to a remarkable young man.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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