Joshua Brunsting for Criterioncast
March 10, 2012
"Visually, the film is absolutely killer. Bar-Lev is one of the most interesting and artistically intriguing documentary filmmakers around, taking his stylistic aesthetic found in something like My Kid Could Paint That, and blending it ever so viscerally with the upbeat stylings of these iconic turntable kings. Paired beautifully with some great cinematography, the film itself plays as a glossy counterpart to the very rough and raw creative entities that are bread from each of these pairings."
Somewhere Between
John Anderson for Variety
June 19, 2011
Production values are tops, especially the agile HD lensing by Nelson Hume
From Documentary Tech August 18, 2009
Sarah Klein's "The Good Mother" uses simple but innovative approaches

In the opening moments of Sarah Klein's The Good Mother, we see a woman applying her makeup as she stares directly into the lens of the camera, talking all the while. Then we see another, followed by snippets of a variety of women fluffing their hair, checking their lipstick and otherwise primping as they talk about the upcoming Mother Of The Year competition, the binding event of Klein's 70-minute film that explores the notion of motherhood as it is now. It also breaks the standard subject-talking-to-interviewer interaction so embedded in documentary films. Instead, each subject seems taken up in the task of cosmetics, speaking to someone - maybe even someone behind her, or maybe simply to herself. Klein, to get her arresting effect, shot through a silvered glass, the two-way mirror in which the subject sees only herself while the camera records her actions. Klein - "We set up this mirror in our hotel room. We set up lights and we had the camera hidden behind the mirror. We invited a handful of the women to come up and put their makeup on for us. They knew the camera was there, but they couldn't see it. I didn't know if this was going to look artificial; I didn't know if these women were going to relax into it. But the minute they got in front of the mirror, they were in it." It's simple but effective, and a way that signals to the viewer that the view on this trip will be a bit different.