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Page One: Inside the New York Times

  R HD Closed Captioning

Andrew Rossi

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Plot Summary

PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as the main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, PAGE ONE chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. It gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-the-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that produce the “daily miracle” of a great news organization. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work under increasingly difficult circumstances. At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lover or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 103
  • Fresh: 81
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: By treating the Times as a valuable relic rather than an adaptive organism, Rossi does his subject a disservice. – Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times, Jul 3, 2011

Fresh: The movie is a clear-eyed and engrossing look at an important subject. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 1, 2011

Fresh: As an avid media watcher, I didn't come away from this with any new insights, but the movie is a pretty good snapshot of the daily newspaper business in transition and turmoil. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jul 8, 2011

Fresh: If you're reading this article, chances are you have at least a passing interest in the role and value of newspapers. You like original reporting and writing enough to pay for it, online or on newsprint. And you'd probably enjoy Page One. – Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Jul 14, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Wow! Surprisingly good. Most compulsively watchable documentary.

What a knock out!
A must see. Grabs your attention from the beginning. Outstanding. It's a film with very real implications and relevant questions for our time. But it is also put forth as a very interesting story with wonderful, truly likable people. Even the ones I didnt
Iike were fascinating.
So much better than anything I've seen lately in documentaries. So different from what I expected.

You will not be sorry whether you buy or rent this!

(btw I am 30 and I don't read newspapers. This is something younger people should see. I and many younger people i know or follow in blogs take the availability of news for granted. We seem to believe we are entitled to free news, free music, etc. There are consequences. We pay for what we get.)

Empty Homage

This documentary is little more than a prayer for the dying. Just as the printing press revolutionized book publishing the internet will revolutionize the news business. This documentary does little to convey just where The New York Times will fit into this new paradigm if at all.


The documentary is a fair overview on this remarkable Newspaper. It is gives you the sense of the importance of the work that investigative journalism is. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that so few women were interviewed and from that apperace it looked as very few women work at the Times?

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