|THE KNOT - Always a Bridesmaid: Q&A; with Documentary Filmmaker Nina Davenport (www.theknot.com)
THE TODAY SHOW - Nina will be appearing shortly after 8 a.m. on The Today Show on July 26th.
TV GUIDE - Bridesmaid will sadden the dreamer in you, but the voyeur will have a blissful time. My score: 9 [out of 10]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - In this starkly
honest and funny documentary, director Nina Davenport, 30, taps
into the female fear of old maidenhood by chronicling how societal
pressure to get hitched became a destructive obsession in her life.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - ...dripping
with artistic merit....the self-styled Cinemax Reel Life chronicle
Always a Bridesmaid is a deceptively wise and witty piece of
personal insight and societal commentary.
MIRABELLA - ...it is precisely Davenport's willingness to gamely give herself over to interrogation that makes the film so appealing: an artful
combination of narcissism and bravery.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - this quirky Cinemax Reel Life documentary is...witty, irritating and touching by turns.
TIME OUT LONDON - This feature-length
doc is positively dripping with authorship.....just when you think
this is going to be a real-life Sex in the City, all style
and no substanceDavenport gains our trust and sympathy. With
an instinct for narrative, she draws out her portrait using interviews
with her family, her friends and a string of old women who never married,
into a much more wide-ranging speculation about the merits of marriage
versus a life spent single. It becomes a complex, intricate film full
of tonal opposites, brashness and subtlety.
THE BOSTON HERALD - When 'POV' was at
its most daring, Davenport's precious little oeuvre would have fit
right in with the crazy stew. But Always a Bridesmaid eludes
PBS and gets a slot on Cinemaxthe main venue for presenting
off-kilter stranger-than-fiction nonfiction films...The filmmaker
shapes this oddball montage of love and its discontents into a piece
original and, ultimately, wise. Davenport realizes the most important
life lesson: If you love yourself and enjoy your life, you will find
happiness either in aloneness or togetherness...Nina Davenport's filmic
voice is singular.
GLAMOUR - Always a Bridesmaid
is ostensibly a film about Nina, but what takes center stage is an
age-old quandary: Can a woman crack a man's refusal to commit by sheer,
THE WASHINGTON POST - Ultimately the
film is a videotaped psychiatry session, but Davenport pulls it off
with self--effacing humor...Davenport is likable and keeps the film
moving at a brisk pace.
"Pick of the Day" in THE INDEPENDENT, (England)
- There is a touch of Bridget Jones about New Yorker Nina Davenport
as she wryly reviews her prospects as a singleton...The embodiment
of the phrase "always a bridesmaid and never a bride," Davenport provides
a bittersweet view of the emotional problems confronting an unmarried
woman in her thirties when all her buddies start to get hitched.